Nature Notes from Skye
(and occasionally other places)

Fri 16 - Sun 18 Sep 2005 Doncaster (Part 1)

Was at the AGM of the British Plant Gall Society, which included 3 field trips, to Anston Stones Wood, Potteric Carr and Sandall Beat Wood.

As with the Bettyhill meeting, I'll ignore date and place, and arrange the photos according to the kinds of organism, starting with vascular plants on the present page.

Almost all of the galls, and many of the other things seen, were identified for me by other members of the Society, who are too numerous to name individually but to whom I am very grateful.

First a few flowering plants then.  Most of these are common in the UK as a whole but rare or absent on Skye.

Hypericum perforatum   Gentianella amarella ssp amarella

Perforate St John's Wort seems to be the commonest kind in England just as Slender SJW is up here in the north.  The purple flowers on the right are Felwort or Autumn Gentian, subspecies amarella.  At Bettyhill we had the white subspecies septentrionalis.

Erigeron acer   Conyza canadensis

Blue Fleabane is a weed of bare or cultivated ground.  Canadian Fleabane is a much taller plant, not native but well established in the southern half of Britain.

Pulicaria dysenterica   Dipsacus fullonum

Yet another Fleabane is Common Fleabane, which was growing with the Blue Fleabane in a weedy ploughed area.  These 3 Fleabanes are all in different genera and are only really connected by their names (and possible use against fleas?).  On the right is the tall and stately Teasel which is common over most of England.

Filago vulgaris   Erodium cicutarium

These two low-growing plants, Common Cudweed and Common Storksbill, were together on bare dry ground.

Viburnum opulus   Myosoton aquaticum

Guelder Rose, with its reddening leaves, and Water Chickweed, with its blue stamens.

On to Part 2...



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