Allt a’ Choin, North of Kinloch

Yesterday I visited tetrad NG71E north of Kinloch. This tetrad had two previous records and now has 127. I had feared it might be a little dull – forestry conifers and botanically  uninspiring moor – and indeed both of these were present. However the Allt a’ Choin which runs through it turned out to be quite rich.

I added three native species (and two forestry trees) to the list for the 10 km square: Galium boreale (Northern Bedstraw), Melica nutans (Mountain Melick) and Ranunculus hederaceus (Ivy-leaved Crowfoot). I have only seen Melica nutans in two sites on Skye before yesterday, though there are some older records that I have not re-found.

Melica nutans LR

Melica nutans

The Ranunculus hederaceus was also unexpected as all other Skye records are near the west coast.

Ranunculus hederaceus LR

Ranunculus hederaceus

In addition, I saw five species that had not been found in NG71 since before 2000: Callitriche stagnalis (Common Water-starwort), Carex rostrata (Bottle Sedge), Juncus tenuis (Slender Rush), Myosotis secunda (Creeping Forget-me-not) and Selaginella selaginoides (Lesser Clubmoss). NG71 needs further work before Atlas 2020. For example, the locally common plants, Cirsium arvense (Creeping Thistle), Equisetum fluviatile (Water Horsetail), Equisetum palustre (Marsh Horsetail) and Luzula multiflora subsp. congesta (Heath Wood-rush) have never been recorded.

Other sightings included my first dragonfly of the year, a Four-spotted Chaser  (Libellula quadrimaculata), Heath Navel (Lichenomphalia umbellifera), Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceus) (confirmed by Richard Moore) and a couple of fungi on native ericaceous shrubs which I suspect are common but under-recorded.

Carabus violaceus NG71E LR

Violet Ground Beetle

Lichenomphalia umbellifera LR

Heath Navel

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2 Responses to “Allt a’ Choin, North of Kinloch”

  1. Glen Scamadale | Plants of Skye, Raasay & The Small Isles Says:

    […] An occasional report on botanical and related activity in Skye, Raasay & the Small Isles « Allt a’ Choin, North of Kinloch […]

  2. Fungi on Ericaceous Shrubs | Plants of Skye, Raasay & The Small Isles Says:

    […] I was in the Allt a’ Choin area I noticed fungi on Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Bearberry) and Vaccinium vitis-idaea […]

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