East of Ben Tianavaig

To the East of Ben Tianavaig along the shore there is a partial tetrad, NG54F with 10.2% as land. Before today there were no vascular plant records for it. The whole area was well-grazed which meant rather more close study than usual to find even some common species. However, I found three populations of Gnaphalium sylvaticum (Heath Cudweed), one of which had at least 100 plants. This plant is seen as Endangered nationally and is on the Scottish Biodiversity List of species of principal importance for biodiversity conservation.  It has a scattered distribution in the vice–county and a new site is always welcome. Many sites are on forestry and similar tracks but some, like today’s, are in short turf on well-drained slopes.

Orientation Photo

Orientation Photo

It was nice to see lots of Sagina subulata (Heath Pearlwort):

Sagina subulata

Sagina subulata

and some Anthyllis vulneraria (Kidney Vetch):

Anthyllis vulneraria

Anthyllis vulneraria

as well as the usual coastal Juniperus communis subsp. nana (Dwarf Juniper) and Populus tremula (Aspen).

I also saw my first Small Heath butterflies of the year.

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