Kearra Burn

Back in 1976 my predecessor as Vice-county Recorder visited the Kearra Burn south of Talisker, west of Eynort, and found a gorge with a rich flora including Cochlearia officinalis (Scurvygrass), Hymenophyllum wilsonii (Wilson’s Filmy-fern), Orchis mascula (Early-purple Orchid), Polystichum aculeatum (Hard Shield-fern), Saxifraga hypnoides (Mossy Saxifrage), Saxifraga stellaris (Starry Saxifrage), Sedum rosea (Roseroot), Selaginella selaginoides (Lesser Clubmoss), Silene dioica (Red Campion) and Trollius europaeus (Globeflower).  All of these were still there on Saturday plus Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort):

Botrychium at Kearra Burn

Botrychium at Kearra Burn

There was an unusually orange Tussilago farfara (Colt’s-foot):

Orange Colt's-foot

Orange Colt’s-foot

The gorge of the Kearra Burn looks like this:

Kearra Burn

Kearra Burn

and it afforded some shelter from the fierce and for the time of year cold wind which whipped up this loch, too small to merit a name on the OS 1:25,000 map:IMG_1781a

Although winter is well and truly over at sea level, at any height, and I am talking below 400m, the moor is only slowly coming to  life:IMG_1777a

Having said that, I took the above photo to illustrate the still-brown moors I then looked at my feet to find young leaves of Thalictrum alpinum (Alpine Meadow-rue) all around me.


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