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Botany Group - July 19th Outing

by Peter - 10:41 on 20 July 2016

Botany Group – July 19 th Outing

Six members of the group met up at the Burwick car park on the afternoon of 19 th July, a gloriouswarm and sunny day. We spent some time looking around the rough ground in that area, as well aswalking a short distance round the headland and up the coast to the north. A lot of plants wereflowering and the area round the car park was also alive with common blue butterflies. Having JohnCrossley amongst us, we also encountered and learnt about a variety of grasses and sedges. Ourmost unusual discovery was a patch of purple toadflax, a recent arrival in Orkney, only found in this area.

Following this we spent a short time on the far side of the bay from the harbour admiring theparticularly large mat of oysterplant found there. We then repaired to John’s house where we wereintroduced to two unusual species of fumitory and entertained to a welcome cup of tea.


Kidney vetch, Northern marsh orchid, Red clover, Sea mayweed, Ragged robin, Angelica, Meadow buttercup, Daisy, Glaucous sedge, Bird’s foot trefoil, White clove, Thrift, Tormentil, Lesser spearwort, Colt’s-foot, Rosebay willowherb, Sea plantain, Spring squill, Ribwort plantain, Arctic eyebright, Common mouse-ear, Sorrel, Spear thistle, Prickly sow-thistle, Bell heather, Crowberry, Ling, Orache sp., Greater sea spurrey, Red campion, Marsh willowherb, Cross-leaved heath, Purple toadflax, Cock’s foot, Common bent-grass, Tufted hair-grass, Yorkshire fog, Common sedge, Common horsetail, Meadowsweet, Blue lupin, Stag’s horn plantain, Greater plantain, Glaucous dog rose, Lady’s bedstraw, Scots borage, Oysterplant, Yellow rattle, Sea sandwort, Silverweed, Cleavers, Tufted vetch, Purple ramping-fumitory, Dense-flowered fumitory.


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