Sleat Again

I started by looking for Cephalanthera longifolia (Narrow-leaved Helleborine) at a site near Calligarry where it has been known since 1945. Patricia had told me that she had seen it there two or three years ago. She looked for it a couple of weeks ago but failed to find it. Following her detailed instructions and photos of the site, I also failed to find it. Let us hope it is just having a dormant year.

I then went on to the Point of Sleat. Soon after leaving the car I noticed lots of Vulpia bromoides (Squirreltail Fescue), a new record for this 10km square. It seems to occur plentifully and then disappear on Skye and Raasay – I don’t know why.

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Vulpia bromoides (1)

Vulpia bromoides (2)

Vulpia bromoides (2)

Down near the Point there was a partial tetrad (NM59P: 0.7% land!) with no records, but it was worth the time spent getting there. First I dropped into part of NG50Q that I had not visited before:

Cairns near Acarseid an Rubha

Cairns near Acarseid an Rubha

Just near here there were a few fronds of Ophioglossum azoricum (Small Adder’s-tongue); it seems to be present along the north and west coasts of Sleat in suitable ground.

Actually in the target tetrad there was  Cerastium diffusum (Sea Mouse-ear) and Neottia cordata (Lesser Twayblade) and these were also in the adjacent tetrad NM59U along with Anagallis tenella (Bog Pimpernel), Juniperus communis subsp. nana (Dwarf Juniper), Ligusticum scoticum (Scots Lovage) and Populus tremula (Aspen).

More photos:

A Natural Bent

A Natural Bent

Cave!

Cave!

Shaggery (is this right?)

Shaggery (is this right?)

Hazard to Shipping

Hazard to Shipping

Lochan not shown on 1:25000 OS Map

Lochan not shown on 1:25000 OS Map

Maritime Heath

Maritime Heath

Where else would you go for your holiday?

Where else would you go for your holiday?

 

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