Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)

Tue 17 Jul 2007 Oban

Turdus merula   Larus fuscus

A Blackbird trying to have a dust-bath in the gravel of the Co-op car-park.  And a Lesser Black-backed Gull accompanying the ferry to Mull...

Wed 18 Jul 2007 Mull - British Bryological Society Field Meeting

I went on this meeting to gain some experience in identifying mosses and collect small samples of various species, identified for me by members of the group, so that I could practice at home using the moss books on specimens whose identity I knew.

I was more concerned with collecting and note-taking than photography but took pics whenever there was a spare second in which to do so.  I am very grateful to the BBS members for being so helpful to a complete beginner.

Sphagnum magellanicum   Sphagnum magellanicum

It was a week-long meeting but I was only there for two days of it.  On the first morning we went to Coladoir Bog, looking at the mosses of wet peaty ground.   This is Sphagnum magellanicum, in its typical habitat on the left (Bog Myrtle and White Beak Sedge can be seen), and in close-up on the right.

Sphagnum subnitens with sporophytes   Pleurozia purpurea

Another common Sphagnum is S subnitens, shown here with sporophytes.  The purple liverwort in the second pic is Pleurozia purpurea, growing at the base of Purple Moor-grass.  It is very characteristic of wet places in the west.

Campylopus shawii   Rhynchospora fusca

The starry strawy "hyperoceanic" moss Campylopus shawii, one of the species we had come here to see.  And a vascular plant that I'd certainly have come all this way to see, the elusive Brown Beak Sedge.  It was growing with its much commoner White cousin.

Other bryophytes seen included: Polytrichum commune var perigoniale, Breutelia chrysocoma, Campylopus atrovirens, C introflexus, Kurzia sp, Sphagnum tenellum, S cuspidatum, S denticulatum, Cladopodiella fluitans, Splachnum ampullaceum, Odontoschisma sphagni, Mylia taylorii, and oodles more.

In the afternoon we visited woodland at Ardura but it was raining heavily so no pics.  The species that I was shown (or found and got someone else to identify) were: Trichocolea tomentella, Calypogea arguta, C fissa, Pellia neesiana or endiviifolia, Bazzania trilobata, Ditrichum heteromallum, Harpalejeunea molleri, Haplomitrium hookeri, Leucobryum glaucum, Scapania gracilis, Leptoscyphus cuneifolius, Sphagnum quinquefarium, Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus, Cirriphyllum piliferum, Diplophyllum albicans, Trichocolea tomentella, Hylocomium brevirostre.  Dozens of others were found.


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