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by Fiona - 18:02 on 10 July 2015

Five of us braved the cold wind, occasional shower and the coach parties at Yesnaby on Wednesday 8th July. We started by examining the stromatolites, formed around 480 million years ago by cyanobacteria, before turning our attention to the present day botany. In all we identified around 30 species, mostly in flower, including easily found Scottish primroses, grass of Parnassus, and northern marsh and heath spotted orchids.

Afterwards we retired to the ice cream parlour to warm up, and discuss our findings and future meetings.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 21st July when we will visit the Hill of Dwarmo in Evie.


Plants seen at Yesnaby, 8th July 2015 

Sea milkwort, Common orache, Bird’s foot trefoil, Common scurvygrass, Grass of Parnassus, Northern marsh orchid, Tormentil, Sea plantain, Thyme, Spring squill, Selfheal, White clover, Sorrel, Dog violet, Tufted vetch, Meadow buttercup, Heath milkwort, Scottish primrose, Hawkweed sp., Daisy, Ragged robin, Heath spotted orchid, Dock sp., Kidney vetch, Silverweed, Sea campion, Lesser celandine, Common mouse-ear, Common eyebright, Scentless mayweed.

 Picture of the stromatolite that was picked up at Yesnaby

Primula scotica

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