Talisker Bay

On Friday I shall be running a walk under the auspices of the SWT Skye Members’ Centre at Talisker Bay.

Talisker Bay

Talisker Bay

Details at the website. Today I went on a recce. Here are some places we won’t see/visit:

Cliffs

Cliffs

Point

Point

Cave

Cave/Tunnel

On Friday we should:

  • look at a marshy patch and see what is there
  • inspect the river bank
  • look at the cliffs at the north end of the bay

Many of the most interesting plants are on the north cliffs but involve a trek quite a long way along the shore. This is the terrain, though some is worse (and some is easier):

Shore

Shore

We may just not do this – or split into two groups.  An adventurous group should reach this, and beyond:

Waterfall

Waterfall

If folks want, we could look at:

  • Four common thistles
  • Four horsetails
  • Four plantains

to help identification skills.

An interesting find was Vicia hirsuta (Hairy Tare) in a non-ruderal habitat – lots of it in one area on unstable slopes below the cliffs. Not the most photogenic of plants but FWIW:

Vicia hirsuta

Vicia hirsuta

I shall largely keep my powder dry about other plants but I was pleased to see Burnet Rose Rust (Phragmidium rosae-pimpinellifoliae):

Phragmidium rosae-pimpinellifoliae

Phragmidium rosae-pimpinellifoliae

as there are only three squares marked in Scotland on the NBN gateway and all far from Skye. This was an unusual bird sighting for Skye:peahen

peacock

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