Nature Notes from Skye
(and occasionally other places)
Sun 29 May 2005 Scorrybreac. Frequent showers with sunny intervals.
The Shining Cranesbill is quite frequent in Britain as a whole but very uncommon on Skye. At the far end of Scorrybreac it grows on an old drystone wall and also on natural rock at the foot of a cliff.
In the same area grows Brooklime, which is also uncommon on Skye. It grows in a very muddy sheep track that descends the cliff face. The mud has splashed onto the flower in the close-up.
An interesting lichen from the same area is Dermatocarpon miniatum, which grows on a vertical rock face overhung with ivy.
The first centipede to feature on this site, Lithobius forficatus, the Common Centipede. It was in a very sluggish state - barely alive, it seemed, with its head under a piece of lichen.
Look out, those hairs can sting! A close-up of the Nettle gall Puccinia urticata.
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