Allt Daraich

The Allt Daraich runs from Coire na Sgairde into the River Sligachan just before the latter reaches the sea. There is a long gorge where Hymenophyllum wilsonii (Wilson’s Filmy-fern) was recorded in 1968 and 1976. I had a quick look today but failed to find any. However, there was a fair bit of water in the burn, limiting access, and an awful lot of gorge to search.

The burn has some very attractive stretches:


Botanically, the most noticeable feature was the alien shrubs along the gorge. There were huge numbers (many hundreds, perhaps thousands) of Berberis darwinii (Darwin’s Barberry) and Gaultheria mucronata (Prickly Heath),  a lot of Rhododendron ponticum (Rhododendron) and quite a few plants of Rubus laciniatus (Cut-leaved Bramble).


Berberis darwinii


Gaultheria mucronata


One Response to “Allt Daraich”

  1. Caterpillar & Fern | Plants of Skye, Raasay & The Small Isles Says:

    […] Nick reports Hymenophyllum wilsonii (Wilson’s Filmy-fern) from Allt Daraich where I failed to re-find it based on an old record, just over a year ago. […]

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