Glen Scamadale

Yesterday I wandered across the moor from Peingown to Glen Scamadal and beyond to the northern slopes of Sgurr Mor. Both tetrads involved had very few records, but there were some nice things recorded from the Glen Scamadal gorge and I was able to re-find all of these and more.

My travel up the Glen Scamadal gorge was brought to a halt by this:

Glen Scamadal gorge

Glen Scamadal

but by then I had found Saxifraga hypnoides (Mossy Saxifrage) – lots in flower – Saxifraga aizoides (Yellow Saxifrage) – no flowers yet – and Saxifraga oppositifolia (Purple Saxifrage) – now in fruit:

Saxifraga oppositifolia in fruit

Saxifraga oppositifolia

There was also Silene acaulis (Moss Campion) and Silene uniflora (Sea Campion), lots of flowering Orchis mascula (Early-purple Orchid) and, best of all, over 100 shoots of Equisetum pratense (Shady Horsetail):

Equisetum pratense

Equisetum pratense

I was unable to find Salix phylicifolia (Tea-leaved Willow), or indeed any willows at all, by the Lòn Harro where it was recorded in 1973.

Several of the rivers were almost choked with Callitriche brutia subsp. hamulata (Intermediate Water-starwort):

Callitriche brutia subsp. hamulata

Like Wednesday in a completely different part of Skye I spotted  Heath Navel (Lichenomphalia umbellifera) and Violet Ground Beetle (Carabus violaceus) – must be the time of year.

Some Pedicularis sylvatica (Lousewort) flowers early i.e. now, and it always seems to be subsp. sylvatica rather than subsp. hibernica. However, as the latter makes up  only a few percent of the total it may just be that I haven’t kissed enough frogs.

Newly emergent Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) can look quite remarkably furry:

Achillea millefolium- young

All in all, an excellent day even though very windy, which is my excuse for a couple of the images being in less than perfect focus.

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