Square NG64

This 10 km square is shared between Vc104 and Vc105. Whist I have visited the little bit on Raasay a number of times, the part on the mainland needed recording so on Wednesday I did the 135 mile round trip to do so.  As it happened, the day before, Bruce Ing had asked for fungal records/specimens from under-recorded squares in Vc105, one of which was NG64.

In the mainland section there is saltmarsh and sand dune, neither of which is to be found in the Raasay part so I recorded lots of plants that are very unlikely to turn up in the Raasay section such as Carex arenaria (Sand Sedge), Elytrigia juncea (Sand Couch), Erodium cicutarium (Common Stork’s-bill) and Spergularia media (Greater Sea-spurrey).

There is also a road and a depot used by Highland Council for grit and salt so there were things like Elytrigia repens (Common Couch), Matricaria discoidea (Pineappleweed), Polygonum arenastrum (Equal-leaved Knotgrass) and Spergularia marina (Lesser Sea-spurrey) as a roadside halophyte.

I found two “proper” fungi and five more things that are probably fungi infecting the leaves of different plants. I await Bruce’s determinations, though the orange one looks like a Hygrocybe to me.

Otherwise, I saw a Noon-fly (Mesembrina meridiana), rare on the west coast – see HBRG information sheet and a Seven-armed starfish (Luidia ciliaris) which is far from rare locally but according to NBN, new to NG64. And yes, I know this one is missing an arm!

Luidia ciliaris (The pen is 15 cm long)

Luidia ciliaris (The pen is 15 cm long)

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One Response to “Square NG64”

  1. Fungi & Moths | Plants of Skye, Raasay & The Small Isles Says:

    […] two fungi I showed images of for NG64 on the mainland have been identified as the “magic mushroom” Psilocybe semilanceata and the waxcap […]

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