Edinbane Wind Farm Again

Four years ago I went to the Edinbane Wind Farm area and found what turned out to be Senecio inaequidens (Narrow-leaved Ragwort). On Wednesday I went into another part of the wind farm and found some more in a different tetrad, NG61N. This tetrad had only three earlier records of which I re-found two and upped the total against all odds to nearly 100 taxa. Against all odds because this is mostly pretty tedious moorland and a large area had been burned quite recently. The wind farm road added a few ruderal species.

Being a glutton for punishment, instead of walking to the tetrad up the wind farm track from Edinbane, I followed the Abhainn Choishleadar which allowed me to add a few taxa to two other tetrads.

This hoverfly feeding on Cardamine pratensis (Cuckooflower/Lady’s-smock) is Sericomyia silentis, not rare but the first of the year for Murdo as well as for me:


Sericomyia silentis

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