Tuesday, 27 May 2014

BBS Regional meeting, Dumfriesshire, 24-26th May 2014 - DAY 1 - Blackhope

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3

A superb weekend where the weather was more or less kind to us, saw c.175 species identified over the three days. We managed to connect with two of the target species, with one moss and one hepatic.

Day one saw us meeting in the centre of Moffat, with some slightly late arrivals (us!) holding up the show a bit before we got underway. The weather remained overcast but not hostile, and we enjoyed a pleasant meandering ascent along the length of the burn, starting in NT1410 up Blackhope Burn and then following Nether Coomb Sike.

Over the course of the day we managed a very healthy 130 spp. with the pick of the day undoubtedly the targetted Oedipodium griffithianum - photographed poorly below. This was quite late in the day, so it made for quite a fitting end. We did proceed a little further up before calling it quits.

An overcast start

Dichodontium palustre

Bryum pseudotriquetrum contrasting nicely

The commonly encountered (here) Breutelia chrysocoma

Frullania tamarisci - always prompts hand lens discussions!

Fuzzy Racomitrium lanuginosum
A nice broad landscape

Anomobryum julaceum

Grimmia donniana


Polytrichum strictum at home in a Sphagnum mound

The star turn - Oedopodium! (spectacular ...)

There were also a few interesting vascular plants ...


Common Sundew

Parsley Fern

And meandering back down again

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