Things are slow

because I am suffering from a knee problem that has severely restricted activities.  Some sign of improvement recently…

Anyway, here are a few items:

The poplars that I found near Broadford may be Alnus cordata (Italian alder) according to Richard Jinks on the basis of my photos. However, this does not often seed freely. Confirmation will require a specimen later in the season.

I think the Raasay hedgehog hibernated in my compost heap as I found a hole in it as though something had climbed out. No recent sign of rabbits in the garden.

Morag Henriksen has found a cowslip (Primula veris) in Harrapool – the result of scattering of wild flower seed.  There are many more in a nearby garden. This is not native hereabouts.

Primula veris

I am collecting flies for Murdo MacDonald this year.  No-one has yet recorded a housefly in the Highlands.

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