Monday, 26 October 2015

Eildon Hills, 11th Oct 2015

A good number of people gathered at the foot of the the hills to gradually make the ascent and tick off bryophytes along the way ... and lichens ... and fungi ... and ...

Highlights of the day for me were a couple of new things, only one of which I have bad photographs yet- the lovely wine-red Frullania fragilifolia, or "Spotty Fingers", and the nearby but as-yet-unphotographed Grimmia rammondii, with its dark lines running along a buttressed costa.

With a broad group including notable lichenologists there were always going to be distractions, especially for those of us who are easily distracted. As usual pictures in sections by subject matter

People and place

A gathered group

The ascent

In the above pic can be seen a large pool and on the left on the same level an interesting flush which contained among other interesting things the calcicole (if I caught that right) Sphagnum subnitens. It also contained some nice insects including Spiny Shieldbug and Hierogplyphic ladybird.

The bryophytes 
Not so many bryophyte pics (I was working with my phone since camera packed up), but a nice mosaic and this shaky one of the Frullania can be added to later from my collection box which is awaiting processing. Riccardia multifida was found here and a fair bit of Nardia scalaris tucked in here and there. I remember Barbilophozia hathcheri also showed up at lunch.

Frullania fragilifolia

Riccardia multifia

A lot more going on even in this pic but Ramalina siliquosa was splendid at our lunch spot, where this Sphaeroporus globosus was also found. Lecanora pulicaris was one of many picked from the fence top on the path up

Ramalina siliquosa
Sphaeroporus globosus

Lecanora pulicaris

Non-lichenised fungi

A puffball whose ID was subject of some discussion

.. and a Cystoderma, probably amianthinum

A nice bee from the flush pictured above, this is the Field Cuckoo Bee, Bombus campestris

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