Beinn Mheadhonach, A’Chorra-Beinn and Coire na h-Airigh

Having spelled the title I am worn out.  However, I continued my exploration of the southern end of the Trotternish Ridge yesterday.  I wasn’t much in photographer mode so I will keep this relatively brief.

A quick look in Loch Fada allowed me to re-find Ranunculus trichophyllus (Thread-leaved Water-crowfoot), the first record for this 10km square since 1989.  Then I travelled west to Coire na h-Airigh, a rich set of cliiffs with many interesting earlier  records, many of which I re-found such as Arabidopsis thaliana (Thale Cress) which is not common here outside ruderal habitats, Asplenium viride (Green Spleenwort), Draba incana (Hoary Whitlowgrass), Epilobium alsinifolium (Chickweed Willowherb), Gentianella campestris (Field Gentian), Polypodium interjectum (Intermediate Polypody), Saxifraga hypnoides (Mossy Saxifrage), S. oppositifolia (Purple Saxifrage), Silene acaulis (Moss Campion) and Trollius europeaus (Globeflower).

Up above, around Beinn Mheadhonach and A’Chorra-Beinn there was lots of Diphasiastrum alpinum (Alpine Clubmoss), Luzula spicata (Spiked Woodrush) and Vaccinium vitis-idaea (Cowberry) plus some localised Saxifraga stellaris (Starry Saxifrage).

I was pleased to see a Ring Ouzel as there is some concern about them. I note there are two other recent reports from Skye on Skye Birds.

Further to my recent comment it looks as though Anthracoidea karii, the smut on Carex echinata (Star-sedge) is now all over the place!

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