Archive for October, 2016

BSBI / BSS Scottish Annual Meeting

October 28, 2016

5th November at SNH Battleby Conference Centre, Perth.

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Everyone welcome.

PROGRAMME (Subject to change)

08.30 Exhibitors & organisers setting up

09.15 General Arrival – tea & coffee while viewing exhibits

10.15 Welcome & Introduction – John Faulkner, BSBI President

10.25 The BSBI Scottish Year – Robin Payne, BSBI Scottish Chair

10.50 The BSS Report – John Grace, BSS President

11.00 Morning coffee & tea

11.30 Atlas 2020 – Progress Report – Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer

11.45 Atlas Recording in the Cairngorm National Park – Andy Amphlett, BSBI Recorder for Banff

12.00 Buffer Lunch and view exhibits

13.00 Mini-workshops – choice of:

  • Distinguishing Scaly Male-ferns, Fred Rumsey
  • An Introduction to Sedges, Chris Metherell
  • An Introduction to Stoneworts, Claudia Ferguson-Smyth
  • Microscope techniques, Sandy Edwards & Jay McKinnon
  • Identifying Bents (Agrostis), Arthur Copping
  • BSBI Review, Jane Houldsworth & John Faulkner

14.00 Afternoon short talk session

14.00 How I became a botanist – Michael Braithwaite, BSBI Recorder emeritus BSBI

14.15 The sunny sides of summits – Jay Mackinnon, Edinburgh Napier University

14.30 A year in the life of a Scottish Recorder, Stephen Bungard, BSBI Recorder Skye, Raasay & the Small Isles

14.45 The biggest problems in European fern taxonomy? – Fred Rumsey, NHM & BPS President

15.00 Afternoon tea/coffee

15.30 Mini-workshops – repeat of above selection

16.30 Question & Answer session – a chance to have your say!

17.00 Main talk: Aliens in the British Flora, Professor Mick Crawley

18.00 Photographic Competition Results & Close

18.15 Conference Dinner – in the foyer


October 23, 2016

John has spotted tomato plants growing out of the pavement in Portree:


Tomato in Portree            Photo: J Hawell

Today I went to take a photograph of Ruppia maritima (Beaked Tasselweed) at Oskaig for a forthcoming article as I did not seem to have one. It is looking a bit brown but otherwise pretty much as it would earlier in the year:


Ruppia maritima in late October

Crossing the road a little to the south of Oskaig, and >600m from open fresh water was  this fine female Black-bellied Diving Beetle (Dytiscus semisulcatus):

Richard recorded it on Raasay “very irregularly”.

Nothofagus alpina (Rauli), is a Southern Beech and ours has done rather well at autumn colour in the garden this year:


Rauli at night

Raasay’s Plants from New Zealand

October 4, 2016

This is the subject of my contribution to the  October edition of the Raasay Newsletter available here.

The Last Skye Botany Group Meeting of 2016

October 1, 2016

Yesterday we took a gentle stroll up Glen Sligachan from Sligachan itself. We managed to record 104 vascular plant taxa in a generally species-poor area very late in the season – the number being boosted by plants around the Sligachan Hotel. Nick also recorded bryophytes and we spotted a few invertebrates, fungi and a frog to add to the store of data collated by the Highland Biological Recording Group.

We found a single plant of Eriocaulon aquaticum (Pipewort) in the River Sligachan.  Whilst there is plenty about in nearby lochans, this is the first time I have seen it actually in a river.

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