Skye Botany Group – First Meeting

We treated ourselves to a limestone fix and explored the tetrad that includes Camas Malag, to the south of Torrin. The weather was kind, the company convivial and nine of us recorded the flora of the area, coming up with a total of 217 taxa on the day, 58 of which were new to the tetrad and one of those (Vaccinium vitis-idaea, Cowberry) was new to the 10 km square.

Limestone Country

Limestone Country

We found Samolus valerandi (Brookweed) at the mouth of the Allt nan Leac where it had previously been recorded from 1968 to 1989. This is one of only three localised records in the vice-county, one of which still needs to be re-found.

I didn’t take many photos as I was too busy manning the recording card, but I enjoyed this so much that I had to snap it:

Not-so-early-purple orchid

Not-so-early-purple orchid

What with an adder, red-throated divers and greenshank to add to the fun, most folks seem to have had a pretty good day. Planning for an August trip is in hand.

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