Brogaig, Loch Cleap, Kilmartin RIver

Yesterday was an interesting day. I went first to check on some willows along the River Brogaig and confirmed Salix pentandra (Bay Willow) in large numbers, Salix x fruticosa (S. aurita (Eared Willow) x viminalis (Osier)) and its parents, though I suspect the two hybrid trees were planted. I also found some Salix x fragilis (Hybrid Crack-willow) and a single large mature specimen of Salix alba var. alba (White Willow). All of these except S. aurita will have been planted quite a while ago, but they are uncommon on Skye.

Some late summer images:

Wild Carrot

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Zigzag Cloer

After that I headed for Loch Cleap to look for Elatine hexandra (Six-stamened Waterwort), recorded there in 1974, but without success. The wind was whipping up the water surface making it tricky to spot small water plants. With this in mind I decided not to try the other two lochs I had planned but instead to head for a tetrad with no records, NG46X. First however, I made a slight detour to Tobar Cleap and there in the spring (tobar) I found Carex paniculata (Greater Tussock-sedge), well to the north of previously known Skye sites.

I spent a short time in NG46X along the Kilmartin River north of Maligar and recorded 108 taxa including Anagallis tenella (Bog Pimpernel) which was not previously known in Trotternish, and Sparganium erectum (Branched Bur-reed) in a tributary of the Kilmartin River.


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