Harlosh & Tarner Islands

Keith very kindly took Nick and me to these two islands in Loch Bracadale yesterday.

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Our transport, our skipper

There were no previous records for Tarner but 77 for Harlosh, all dating from before 2000 and mostly from 1981. What is more, with a few exceptions, they were listed as NG23 and so do not show up on tetrad-based distribution maps.

Both islands straddle tetrad boundaries, Tarner in fact straddling a 10 km square boundary.

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Landing Place, Harlosh Island

In addition to the satisfaction of island and tetrad records it turns out that the trip did a power of good to the recording status of NG23 (it has only 16.28 sq. km of land). New to the 10 km square:

Blysmus rufus (Saltmarsh Flat-sedge)
Calamagrostis epigejos (Wood Small-reed)
Carex extensa (Long-bracted Sedge)
Carex oederi (Small-fruited Yellow-sedge)
Dactylorhiza purpurella (Northern Marsh-orchid)
Epilobium obscurum (Short-fruited Willowherb)
Honckenya peploides (Sea Sandwort)
Phragmites australis (Common Reed)
Rosa caesia subsp. vosagiaca (Glaucous Dog-rose)
Rubus idaeus (Raspberry)
Salix x ambigua (S. aurita x repens)
Triglochin maritima (Sea Arrowgrass)
Tripleurospermum maritimum (Sea Mayweed)

In addition there were the following common plants previously missing in NG23 post-1999
Caltha palustris (Marsh-marigold)
Poa annua (Annual Meadow-grass)
Trifolium pratense (Red Clover)

plus quite a few more that are less frequent on Skye.

There was one bright pink specimen of Ajuga reptans (Bugle) but a rain shower discouraged photography.

As well as making good tetrad lists of bryophytes, Nick found Schistidium maritimum ssp. piliferum on Harlosh Island, a 2nd record for VC104, the only other being from Rum.

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Passing Oronsay

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Painted Lady on Tarner Island

 

 

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