Glen Eynort

I spent the day in the northern part of Glen Eynort. It is still cold

Fresh Snow on the Hills

though we have warmth forecast within a few days.

Despite the cold the invertebrates are busy:

Pond snails – Lymnaea sp.

Insect Larvae

The valley of the River Eynort is rich and many plants are in flower now. I re-found an old record for Viburnum opulus (Guelder-rose) and added a new record for it in an adjacent tetrad. Some of it was infested with a blue-grey aphid making it look like our currants do when they suffer an aphid attack:

Viburnum opulus under attack

Up on the hill I found Crytogramma crispa (Parsley Fern)

Parsley Fern

and re-found old records for Alchemilla alpina (Alpine Lady’s-mantle) and Saxifraga stellaris (Starry Saxifrage).

A pleasant day in the sun, if a little chilly, accompanied by the sounds of cuckoos and skylarks.

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