Harlosh & Tarner Islands

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


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.


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.


Passing Oronsay


Painted Lady on Tarner Island



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