NG71

Looking through the VC 104 distribution maps I noticed that I have somewhat neglected the 10 km square NG71 – quite a few plants were showing no records post-1999. It is not the full 100 km2, but perhaps 35% of that with five complete and eight partial tetrads.

Further investigation showed that only some tetrads had anything like reasonable coverage, ever:

Tetrad

# Taxa

NG71A

193

NG71B

197

NG71C

136

NG71D

104

NG71E

2

NG71H

94

NG71I

24

NG71J

47

NG71N

2

NG71P

90

NG71T

3

NG71U

4

NG71Z

2

So today I set out to have a first go at three partial tetrads at the eastern end:  T, U & Z. In addition to the tetrad records there were 31 records for Port Aslaig that could be in T or U. I did something to improve matters with today’s taxa recorded coming to 89, 125 and 147.  The rain came in the afternoon and stopped play, but not before I had found a new site for Hymenophyllum tunbrigense (Tunbridge Filmy-fern) at a site not far from a 1990 record. Even better, there was a small patch of Leymus arenarius (Lyme-grass), a plant that I was beginning to fear to be extinct in the vice-county other than a good stand on a skerry off Oskaig, Raasay. This is a first record for NG71.

Leymus arenarius (1)

Leymus arenarius (1)

Leymus arenarius (2)

Leymus arenarius (2)

Other plants not previously recorded in NG71 included  Carex otrubae (False Fox-sedge), Honckenya peploides (Sea Sandwort) and Carex x fulva (“Empty Sedge”).

Other plants recorded here for the first time since before 2000 included Atriplex glabriuscula (Babington’s Orache), Carex distans (Distant Sedge), Carex laevigata (Smooth-stalked Sedge), Carex pulicaris (Flea Sedge), Carex remota (Remote Sedge), Drosera anglica (Great Sundew), Dryopteris aemula (Hay-scented Buckler-fern), Eleocharis quinqueflora (Few-flowered Spike-rush), Pinguicula lusitanica (Pale Butterwort), Prunus padus (Bird Cherry), Rhynchospora alba (White Beak-sedge) and Ulmus glabra (Wych Elm).

There is still much to do hereabouts but that is probably something for next year. A walk eastwards from Kinloch and a high-level excursion are certainly required.

The weather stopped much photography but I liked the alder colonising the beach:

IMG_2595a

Beach Alder (1)

Beach Alder (2)

Beach Alder (2)

and this fungus which I shall try to identify or get someone else to….IMG_2597a

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2 Responses to “NG71”

  1. Ro Scott Says:

    Something for the Skye Botany Group next year???

  2. Stephen Says:

    May need to be a subgroup – pretty tough-going to do properly. Though we might do a high bit as I can get us up by car on a forestry track….

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