Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)
Wed 28 Jan 2009 Benderloch to North Connel
Some mosses growing in the beach sand at the edge of the
vegetated zone. Kindbergia praelonga and Pohlia nutans.
Brachythecium albicans formed large patches in the same habitat.
The lichen Cladonia humilis also occurs at this margin between bare sand
Common mosses on shore rocks are Bryum capillare and
Tortula muralis on a seaside wall-top, and Physconia distorta on a seaside tree.
Walking along the narrow sandy path between North Connel Airfield and the beach, I met a Sparrowhawk flying along the path about 1-2 ft above the ground, coming straight towards me. It only swerved off the path at the last moment so I got a wonderful view of its markings in the sunlight. It elegantly leapt the fence, then descended to its former altitude and continued in a straight line over the short grass till it was out of sight.
Fri 30 Jan 2009
A SNHG midweek recording walk. We explored the mainland side of the Seil Sound, south of the Clachan Bridge.
Large areas of Sea Ivory, Ramalina siliquosa, on coastal rocks has been grazed to the base by slugs, giving a stubble effect. You can see the ungrazed ones at the top of the rock.
The dotty brown lichen Dermatocarpon miniatum was a good find by
A Crown Gall on Rowan caused by Agrobacterium tumefaciens, and
the lichen Ramalina fraxinea on Hazel.
Rosy found both these: Jew's Ear on Elder, which I hadn't seen before in Argyll, and the snail Aegopinella nitidula in leaf litter. In the pic it's not in situ but on some fresh wet lettuce to entice it out of its shell.
Sat 7 Feb 2009 Ganavan
A couple of quick lichens from a Willow beside a burn:
Parmotrema crinitum (aka "Desperate Dan") and Degelia atlantica.
Mon 23 Feb 2009
I've been doing a badger survey for Scottish
Badgers. This involved visiting a number of places and looking for
signs of badger activity. I only found signs in one spot: the den shown
above which is probably an active fox den used intermittently by badgers, but
does thereby count as a badger sett for conservation purposes.
The LH pic shows a badger footprint from the spoil heap in the
previous photo. The four paw prints are pointing to the left with
the central pad behind them, clearest in the upper right. The RH pic shows
a fox print from the same spoil heap.
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