BSBI Field Meeting – Initial Thoughts

Seventeen folk took part in some or all of the three-day event, coming from Hove in the south to Tain in the north.  I will get to a fuller report in due course but the weather was excellent apart from some rain on Sunday morning which soon cleared, and we completed the task of covering tetrads in the 10km square NG15 and managed some in NG14 as well.

Highlights included lots of Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort) and Orobanche alba (Thyme Broomrape), Anagallis tenella (Bog Pimpernel), Carlina vulgaris (Carline Thistle), Draba incana (Hoary Whitlowgrass), Hammarbya paludosa (Bog Orchid), Ribes spicatum (Downy Currant), Saxifraga oppositifolia (Purple Saxifrage),  Vicia orobus (Wood Bitter-vetch), and Vulpia bromoides  (Squirreltail Fescue).

Possible Equisetum x mildeanum (E. pratense x sylvaticum) and Nasturtium x sterile (N. officinale x microphyllum) will be studied further.

Bog Orchid on Dunvegan Head

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