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U3A Botany Group August 2015
by Beryl Matthews - 07:52 on 07 August 2015
Orkney U3A Botany Group 4th August 2015
On a sunny but windy afternoon six members of the Botany Group met to look at the plants to be found in the Sutherland Links, Burray. Armed with a note of some possible finds, kindly supplied by John Crossely, we were soon trying to work out whether what we were looking at was one of the plants on John’s list or not and learning what such words as ‘mucronate’ mean. His advice to look at bare and disturbed areas rather than overgrown ones was wise advice.
In addition to the slightly more rare plants John suggested we look for there were lots of more readily identified plants and such things as the spikiness and glorious purple and grey of a Spear Thistle were admired. Watching three different types of butterfly dance in a sheltered patch of sunshine was a special treat.
The afternoon concluded with excellent tea, coffee and shortbread at the Sands Hotel.
The Group’s next meeting is planned for Tuesday 18th August meeting at Deesbreck on the road towards Durkadale S of Hundland (map reference HY298254).
CANCELLED DUE TO FORECAST.
Bird’s foot trefoil
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