Rubh’ an Dùnain – Skye Botany Group

Yesterday the Skye Botany Group visited Rubh’ an Dùnain.  Loch na h-Airde is Skye’s only brackish loch. In fact, judging by its taste yesterday it is highly saline, and it has seaweeds growing in it. It is the only site in the vice-county for Ruppia cirrhosa (Spiral Tasselweed). There was a great deal of tasselweed in the loch but there was no sign of flowers or fruit yet making separation from Ruppia maritima (Beaked Tasselweed) difficult. I have brought a bit home to see if it will develop flowers but on the basis of the dark green obtuse leaves and the previous records, I am content that that is what we were seeing.

 Loch na h-Airde and Stone Canal

Loch na h-Airde and Stone Canal

We recorded in three tetrads (and made a few records in a fourth we walked through) and made a significant improvement to the numbers of plants recorded in two of them (previously only 8 and 28 taxa). The third was better recorded previously though records from 2000 onwards were only 35.

The Vicia orobus (Wood Bitter-vetch) that Carl found ten years ago was thriving with at least five plants in flower.

Vicia orobus

Vicia orobus

Steve spotted several Argent and Sable moths and there were both types of seal and a porpoise in the sea.

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3 Responses to “Rubh’ an Dùnain – Skye Botany Group”

  1. Ro Scott Says:

    Glad you got a few mammal records as well!

  2. Stephen Says:

    Also bank vole!

  3. August and Before | Plants of Skye, Raasay & The Small Isles Says:

    […] Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani (Grey Club-rush) at Loch na h-Airde, something I missed  when the Skye Botany Group went there last year despite there being pre-2000 […]

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