Archive for August, 2017

Emeralds on Raasay

August 5, 2017

Phil Kirk, visiting from Lancashire, spotted Northern Emerald dragonflies (Somatochlora arctica) near Fearns and said “In addition to the pair we saw at the start of the walk along the coast at Fearns, we did see 3 or 4 other similar looking dragonflies as were driving around the island. They were certainly the right sort of size and colour, and certainly not Golden Ringed or Common Hawkers. So I should think the Northern Emeralds are going to be found elsewhere on Raasay as well.”

This is a first for Raasay. The British Dragonfly Society distribution map shows no records for Skye or Raasay but the NBN Atlas has a 2012 record for Skye by the A87 south of Portree.

These are Phil’s images:

Northern Emerald FemaleNorthern Emerald Raasay 3Northern Emeralds Attempting Mating

Skye Botany Group’s August Day Out

August 4, 2017

On Wednesday we went to part of Loch Dunvegan that was under-recorded and made 133 bryophyte and 193 vascular plant records in NG24J.  We also added 9 vascular plant species to the list for NG24I to the south. Vascular plant highlights: Centunculus minimus (Chaffweed) and Orobanche alba (Thyme Broomrape).

Dunvegan Castle from Uiginish Point

Dunvegan Castle from Uiginish Point


Edible Plants

August 3, 2017

My contribution to Am Bratach, the Raasay Community Newsletter, this month concerns Edible Plants and can be accessed via a link on the Recording & Resources page of my website.