The HBRG expedition to Rona took place yesterday. I went north from Big Harbour with help from Bill Cowie on a quad bike which meant I was able to spend more time in the far north.
From the botanical recording point of view this was an extremely useful day as in the northern hectad, NG66, I was able to convert many older records at the 10km square level into tetrad records and re-find several that had not been recorded since before 2000.
I added six plants that were new to Rona, three in NG65: Carex canescens (White Sedge), Potentilla sterilis (Barren Strawberry), Rhinanthus minor (Yellow-rattle) and three in NG66: Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora (Montbretia),
Geranium molle (Dove’s-foot Crane’s-bill), Myosotis arvensis (Field Forget-me-not).
Additionally, the following nine plants were new to NG66:
Cerastium glomeratum (Sticky Mouse-ear)
Comarum palustre (Marsh Cinquefoil)
Equisetum arvense (Field Horsetail)
Ficaria verna subsp. fertilis (Lesser Celandine) The species but not the subspecies had been recorded before.
Ilex aquifolium (Holly)
Linum catharticum (Fairy Flax)
Pedicularis sylvatica subsp. hibernica. The subspecies had not been recorded before.
Picea sitchensis (Sitka Spruce)
Pinus contorta (Lodgepole Pine)
Other folks who were on the trip have promised me records so there may be more to come…..
Other finds included this fungus which is Vibrissea truncorum (Thanks to Martyn Ainsworth):
The lines at the top of the image are 1 mm apart. The nearest record on NBN is from about 30 km to the east in 1955. I shall send my specimen to Kew.
I had an orange fungus day with the above, bog beacons and this, which may be Orange Peel Fungus or, Dave Genney suggests, a species of Octospora:
Aleuria aurantia or Octospora sp.?
Otherwise, a Magpie Moth larva dropped on me from an Aspen:
Magpie Moth Larva
and there were red deer, seals, otter spraints and a good number of birds.