Skeabost & Dunvegan

Ranunculus bulbosus (Bulbous Buttercup) grows in the dunes at Glenbrittle beach and elsewhere in the Inner Hebrides it is to be found on sandy ground by the sea. However there are also records from Skeabost Hotel and Dunvegan Castle and yesterday I had a look at both places without success. I don’t know whether these were typical native sites or whether they had been brought in as weeds – it is a common plant farther south.

However the day was far from wasted as I found a rich stretch of river bank along the Snizort I hadn’t visited before and had a useful discussion with the Head Gardener at Dunvegan Castle where we have plans for a small project.

By the Snizort I found Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris) looking quite at home:

Iris sibirica

Iris sibirica

This is the first record of it in the wild in VC104 but it is known from mainland Scotland not far away. There was also Barbarea intermedia (Medium-flowered Winter-cress) and a Hawkweed (Hieracium sp.) that I took a specimen of for expert determination.

At Dunvegan I added a few to the tetrad including Carex extensa (Long-bracted Sedge) in the saltmarsh below the castle.  Carex otrubae (False Fox-sedge) is by the shore, seen here with a background of  Ligusticum scoticum (Scots Lovage):

Carex otrubae

Carex otrubae

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