Made an incredible discovery yesterday, one that I'm really very excited about...the top of the hill in my square is fairly mundane cow-chomped sward with a few undulations and the crofter's house. Fairly uninspiring stuff, though plenty of flowers to be seen. These were both new additions to the tally
|Sneezewort - dotted about in the grassy sward|
|In the words of Thom Yorke, "I'm a Creep, I'm a Willow..."|
I decided to venture over one uninspiring undulating slope and came to a shocked halt at the sight of what lay ahead of me...oh boy, oh boy, oh boy....I think I may have grinned somewhat!
|Cottongrass, Sphagnum, Bogbean, Bog Asphodel....I have a bog in the square!!!!!!|
With a slight 'whoop' I ran down the slope and straight into a brand new habitat, with associated brand new species. Within moments I had recorded Carnation Sedge, Bog Asphodel, Bog Pondweed, Marsh Cinquefoil, Common Cottongrass, Marsh Lousewort, Marsh Speedwell, Star Sedge, Ragged Robin, Marsh Bedstraw, Cross-leaved Heath, Deer-grass and, best of all, Round-leaved Sundews amongst Pale Butterworts with Lesser Clubmoss alongside!!! What an amazing two acres or so, and here's the proof
|My fave square foot of the entire square!!!|
I have a thing for carnivorous plants and Pale Butterwort eluded me for many a year. You can imagine the glee on my face when I found these beauties! No idea what the Sphagnums are, I'll get back to them some other time. The whole bog is maybe only a couple of acres in extent but it kept me quiet for some time. The leafhopper Cicadella viridis was absolutely abundant and the stunning bumble-bee mimic Volucella bombylans landed on a flowerhead nearby. It zoomed off before I could take a pic, but it really was very, very smart!
Eventually I quit the boggy hollow and hit Uig Woods. Different habbo, different suite of species. Tree leaves are getting interesting at last with a few micro-lep mines noted
|Stigmella floslactella mine on Hazel leaf|
|Stigmella magdalenae mine on Rowan leaf|
|Sycamore white Spot Cristulariella depraedans on Sycamore leaf|
Also seen in the wooods was this monster!
|Pedicia rivosa - one very smart cranefly!|
All in all it was quite a successful outing. And, rather surprisingly, one that nudged me over the 800 species mark in my 1000 species in a 1km square Challenge. That bog has raised my hopes that amphibians may actually occur in my square. We shall see...
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