Ord

After the Broadford Tree Quest we went to Ord in Sleat. We started around the jetty, village and farm, a patch I had never been to before and this allowed us to find some plants that had not been recorded for at least 12 years such as Glechoma hederacea (Ground-ivy) and Parnassia palustris (Grass-of-Parnassus). We inspected a good colony of Hymenophyllum tunbrigense (Tunbridge Filmy-fern) and found this on Juncus acutiflorus (Sharp-flowered Rush):

Tabanid (horsefly) eggs?    Photo: S Terry

which the consensus seems to be is a group of Tabanid (horsefly) eggs.

We had a go at what we hope is “Tokavaig Gorge”, the only likely area to be given this name in the 1 km square grid reference given in previous records, and re-found a few more plants, but there is more to do there.  After that we carried on down the Allt an Leth-bheinn to the mire that a group of us visited at the end of May. This time we found the Sparganium erectum (Branched Bur-reed) that escaped us previously.

Sparganium erectum     Photo S Terry

We had been within 20m of it last time. There were the larval cases of the Rush Moth (Coleophora alticolella) on Juncus squarrosus (Heath Rush):

Rush Moth Larval Cases

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