In & Out of the Garden

The banks of the River Chracaig in Portree have yielded a number of new vice-county or new to Skye records in the past few years, the result of past planting and recent garden throw-outs. Seth has now added two more, Rumex sanguineus var. sanguineus (Red Wood Dock) and Cupressus obtusa (Hinoki Cypress) (to be confirmed).

Later: Confirmed by Matt Parratt, BSBI Conifer referee.

Rumex sanguineus var. sanguineus Image: SJD Gibson
Cupressus obtusa (probably)

Back on Raasay the Chrysosplenium oppositifolium (Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage) and Caltha palustris (Marsh-marigold) are in flower along the burn.

OLGS (with small fly) and Marsh Marigold. Arish Burn, Raasay

At the top of the shore there are many springtails in the leaf litter/seaweed zone. I had not expected to find out exactly what they are but, based on images, Peter Shaw says the springtail looks like Isotomurus maculatus, but would like to check it under x400 as there is a similar but less common species, Isotoma riparia. I have sent him a specimen.

Later: Peter found both Isotomurus palustris and Isotoma riparia amongst the specimens I sent!

Isotomurus sp.

Then yesterday this true bug was on the front door, so I let it in, albeit in a tube. It is Scolopostethus decoratus, a ground bug associated with heather.

Scolopostethus decoratus

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