Ben Tianavaig

As well as the saxifrages there was plenty of other fun to be had along McQueen’s Rocks and on the cliffs of Ben Tianavaig.  Some of the large cliffs are not shown clearly on the 1:25,000 OS map so there was more good habitat than I had expected.  I re-found Cryptogramma crispa (Parsley Fern) but failed on Dryas octopetala (Mountain Avens). There have been several recent small landslips – but big enough not to want to be caught in one

Landslip

Landslip

The cliffs had lots of Silene acaulis (Moss Campion), Alchemilla alpina (Alpine Lady’s-mantle), Anthyllis vulneraria (Kidney Vetch) etc. and left me wondering what other goodies might be found later in the year.

McQueen’s Loch had Menyanthes trifoliata (Bogbean) but it is a bit early for aquatics generally just yet.

McQueen's Loch

McQueen’s Loch      Dun Caan, Raasay in the background

There were many rock doves on the cliffs and it looks as though one had met a sticky end here:

Dove's End

Dove’s End

I was not surprised to see a white-tailed eagle as the well-known breeding site is not far away.

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One Response to “Ben Tianavaig”

  1. More from Skye’s East Coast | Plants of Skye, Raasay & The Small Isles Says:

    […] added 45 taxa to the tetrad. I had been there at the beginning of April 2013 – see here and here hoping to re-find Saxifraga oppositifolia (Purple Saxifrage) and Dryas octopetala (Mountain Avens). […]

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