In Search of Sand

There are old, unlocalised, anonymous records for Ammophila arenaria (Marram) in NG37 and NG47 at the north end of Trotternish.  Following last April’s find of this species in Sleat I decided to make use of today’s beautiful weather to try and find it in NG37 where there is limited coastline to go at. A look at the OS map and Google Earth suggested that the stretch in tetrad NG37V was a good bet. I failed on that, but there was plenty of sandy soil and the coast is eroding so fast that the 1958 plants could well have been washed away by now. However, I did find Carex arenaria (Sand Sedge), the first record for Skye north of Dunvegan.

Carex arenaria

Carex arenaria

Overall, I increased the taxon count for the tetrad from 44 to 101 but a return visit in three months’ time would surely add as many again.  Things in flower were limited to e.g. Bellis perennis (Daisy), Chrysosplenium oppositifolium (Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage), Cochlearia officinalis (Common Scurvygrass), Ficaria verna subsp. fertilis (Lesser Celandine) and Ulex europaeus (Gorse).

Cochlearia officinalis agg.

Cochlearia officinalis agg.

The Sedum rosea (Roseroot) leaf buds are bursting:

Sedum rosea

Sedum rosea

and there was evidence on the beach of the recent storms:IMG_4352a


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