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Strathrory Burn – 12 September 2015

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The Tain & District Field Club enjoyed the prospect of beating the forecast rain while searching for wolf spiders along the sandy / gravelly banks of this burn. The forecast proved about right so it was wet weather gear all-round, but the specific target species Arctosa cinerea did not appear. Of course, lack of evidence does not provide evidence of non-existence, so future searches may be worthwhile.

TDFC members, as ever, observed and recorded many species which will add to the known assemblage in our area.

Here is a species list :

Strathrory spider hunt 12 September 2015
Place Grid Ref Species Name Habitat
Strathrory forestry track NH 6708 7746 Meles meles Badger Scat on road edge.  Not in pit.
Strathrory Bridge NH 660 776 Hirundo rustica Swallow
Strathrory Bridge NH 660 776 Troglodytes troglodytes Wren
Strathrory NH 67 77 Anthus pratensis Meadow Pipit
Strathrory forestry track NH 4523 5802 Bufo bufo Common Toad Crossing road
Strathrory forestry track NH 452 580 Rana temporaria Common Frog
Strathrory Bridge NH 660 776 Forficula auricularia Common Earwig
Strathrory NH 67 77 Bombus jonellus Heath Bumblebee
Strathrory forestry track NH 6707 7745 Sawfly leaf-miner Aspen leaves burrows & leaves stuck together
Strathrory Bridge NH 660 776 Crab spider Swept from veg by river
Strathrory River ford NH 674 774 small Wolf Spider River gravels obeside ford.
Strathrory forestry track NH 659 776 (Equisetum plastre) Marsh Horsetail
Strathrory forestry track NH 6707 7745 Populus tremula Aspen Leaf miner & rust fungus
River above Strathrory Bridge NH 659 776 Ranunculus repens Creeping Buttercup River bank
River above Strathrory Bridge NH 659 776 Succisa pratensis Devil’s-bit Scabious
Strathrory River ford NH 67 77 Succisa pratensis Devil’s-bit Scabious
Strathrory forestry track NH 6707 7745 Melampsora larici-tremulae? Aspen rust fungus ? Aspen leaves


Some photos from the day:

Wet weather spider search
Aspen Leaf-Miner Damage
Badger poo on the track
Toad going nowhere on the track

Highland Biological Recording Group

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The 2014 AGM of the HBRG will be held in Tain Saturday, 29th November.

November 29, 2014 HBRG-AGM

You are welcome to attend.  An excellent opportunity to increase your interest in Natural History, both local and further afield.

Always keep that bug net to hand

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

A tiny insect last recorded in Britain in 1881, and thought to have since died out, has been found near a river in Assynt in the north west Highlands. Continue reading “Always keep that bug net to hand” »

Bird Breeding Maps

Friday, May 6th, 2011

New breeding bird distribution maps online


New breeding distribution maps for the Bird Conservation Targeting Project (BCTP) are now available online. Click on the “view targeting maps” link to search the maps.

The maps show the 2005-2010 breeding distribution for a suite of rare and declining birds.

Many thanks for any contributions you’ve made to the project. Without the input of local experts, such as yourself, this project would not be possible.

If you have any questions or feedback, please get in touch.