The Sleat Season Continues

Having given a talk on the plants of Sleat earlier this year, I am particularly aware of what needs to be done there in terms of botanical recording. On Friday I returned to have a look at two tetrads, NG 60L near Armadale Pier with only eight taxa recorded previously and NG60T near Ferindonald with absolutely no records. According to the Biological Records Centre 1.2 % of NG60L is land as is 9% of NG60T.

My taxon counts for the day reflect that, with 93 for NG60L and 149 for NG60T. The latter even has the A851 running through it so there is a range of habitats.

The seashore plants included the following that are uncommon enough locally to be interesting: Bolboschoenus maritimus (Sea Club-rush), Carex otrubae (False Fox-sedge), Cochlearia danica (Danish Scurvygrass), Ligusticum scoticum (Scots Lovage) and Lycopus europaeus (Gypsywort). There was also plenty of Silene uniflora (Sea Campion):

Silene uniflora

Silene uniflora

and the Blysmus rufus (Saltmarsh Flat-sedge) was flowering well:

Blysmus rufus

Blysmus rufus


Aliens included Fallopia japonica (Japanese Knotweed), Gunnera tinctoria (Giant-rhubarb) and Impatiens glandulifera (Indian Balsam), the first of these quite rampant in a couple of places near Ferindonald.

On the insect front there was evidence of the gall wasp Neuroterus quercusbaccarum in the form of currant galls on Quercus robur (Pedunculate Oak):

Currant Galls

Currant Galls

and this Mining Bee (Andrena sp.), but apparently a specimen is required for determination to species level:

Andrena sp. - Mining Bee

Andrena sp. – Mining Bee

There were these blemishes on Luzula sylvatica (Great Wood-rush) leaves but I don’t think I can claim them as galls:

Luzula sylvtica with blemishes

Luzula sylvtica with blemishes

No galls for Luzula spp. are recorded in the British Plant Galls book.

The Sleat theme continues tomorrow (Wednesday) with a SWT Skye Members’ Centre Walk along the Allt Duisdale to Lochan Uisge.


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