EPOs and Other Things in Sleat

Today I set out to improve this in Sleat:

Orchis mascula before today

Orchis mascula before today

and did. So it now looks like this:

Orchis mascula now

Orchis mascula now

Two old sites given as Gillean Burn, NG50 and Allt na Beiste, Cruard, NG61V were both re-found.

 

Orchis mascula

Orchis mascula

 

That big yellow square NG60 refers to a record from Knock. I had a go for it last year but failed. It is surely somewhere in NG60.

Other highlights included a well-naturalised clump of Dicentra formosa (Bleeding-heart) looking perfectly at home amongst Corylus avellana (Hazel), Veronica montana (Wood Speedwell), Allium ursinum (Ramsons), Luzula sylvatica (Great Wood-rush), Ficaria verna subsp. fertilis (Lesser Celandine) and Circaea lutetiana (Enchanter’s-nightshade):

Dicentra

Dicentra

Now that I am home I realise that I should have checked carefully (i.e. measure the size of the flowers) to check whether it is in fact Dicentra eximia (Turkey-corn).  Ho-hum, I shall have to return.

The Prunus padus (Bird-cherry) was coming into flower on some bushes, but many were still tightly in bud or even barely coming into leaf.

Prunus padus

Prunus padus

This beautiful but sadly lifeless male adder was by the roadside near Achnacloich:IMG_3146a

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