Tormore Forest

Sleat Community Trust is acquiring Tormore Forest. See http://www.tormore.org/.

Nick Hodgetts and I went with Annabel Pendlebury to survey vascular plants (me) and bryophytes (Nick) yesterday in some of the ravines within the forest area.

Tormore

Nick found about 110 bryophytes and I found 140 vascular plants. Neither of us found any great rarities but the ravines were quite rich and worthy of preservation during timber removal.

This is a Green-veined White (Pieris napi) on Heath-spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata):

Butterfly on orchid

and this is a Speckled Yellow (Pseudopanthera macularia), only the third Skye record and my second record (thanks, Brian):

Speckled Yellow

There was also my first Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina) of the year and this is a hoverfly (a Syrphus) on a white bluebell.

Hoverfly on White Bluebell

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