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Fungal Survey – please contribute data

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015


by Mr B. Ing, Ullapool

Since 2004 I have been compiling records of fungi (all groups) from Ross-shire, v.c. 105 and 106. Historical records,
from literature and herbaria, have been augmented by a systematic programme of fieldwork.

With 98 whole or part 10km grid squares covering the area I am aiming at geographical as well as mycological
coverage. A ‘target’ of 100 species per 10km square has been adopted, although the better-worked squares have far
more than this. 72 squares have now reached their target! 10 of the remaining 26 are difficult of access.  (Note – for
hectads only partly in VCs 105 and 106 the target is <100 species – actually the number of 1km squares in the VCs.)

The list below is arranged as follows: grid square/target/number of species recorded/ species required/notes of likely
sites, accessibility etc. Any help with records, whether macrofungi; mushrooms, brackets, puffballs etc., plant
pathogens: mildews, rusts, smuts, leaf spots etc, or ascomycetes on soil or wood, will be gratefully received and duly
acknowledged in the proposed publication.


no. species

no. species

remaining required
no. species


NG64 7 1 6 Along coast road N of Applecross Bay, no woodland.
NG65 10 1 9 NW Applecross coast road, no woodland.
NG75 85 12 73 N Applecross, along Shieldaig road, woodland.
NG86 100 5 95 Upper Diabaig, woodland, Beinn Alligin.
NH91 70 10 60 Kintail, Shiel Bridge, Glen Shiel, 5 Sisters, woodland on A 87.
NG92 90 4 86 L Duich, Camas Luine, Strath Croe, Inverinate, woods on A 87.
NH00 20 0 20 Cluanie Forest, track S of Cluanie Lodge, no woodland.
NH01 50 2 48 Glen Shiel along A 87, Beinn Ffada (Attow), woods on A 87.
NH02 85 0 85 Track to Glomach Falls, woodland by Loch na Leitreach.
NH03 70 0 70 No obvious sites, mountainous, many tracks, all distant, no Munros.
NH07 100 0 100 Long tracks from Kinlochewe and Dundonnell, 3 Munros, little woodland E of Beinn a Chladheimh.
NH10 20 0 20 Inaccessible except via Cluanie Lodge in W. woods S of L. Cluanie.
NH11 20 1 19 A 87 W of Strath Cluanie, mountains to N, woods near road.
NH12 15 0 15 Inaccessible, land S of L. Mullardoch, little woodland.
NH13 50 7 43 Land S of L. Monar, ? accessible from Monar Dam via Strathfarrar.
NH14 95 0 95 Inaccessible other than by tracks from end of Strathconon or from Craig on A 890.
NH16 100 1 99 Mountains W of L. Fannich, 2 Munros, part accessible from A 832 in Strathbran, small area of woodland.
NH23 3 0 3 E and SE of Monar Dam, accessible via Strathfarrar, no woodland.
NH24 70 0 70 Around Monar Lodge, via Strathfarrar, 5 Munros, also from Inverchoran from Strathconon, some woodland at N access.
NH25 100 10 90 Strathconon and L. Beannacharain, woods by road and side valley.
NH34 30 1 29 S of Orrin Res. ?accessible from E end of Strathconon at Marybank.
NH38 100 0 100 Freevater & Trollmuick Forests, mountains, long tracks from Alladale Lodge and Strathvaich. No woodland.
NH47 100 5 95 Kildemore & Wyvis Forests, via Strath Rannoch (A 835)  in SW, or around Wyvis Lodge, via Glen Glass.
NH57 100 6 94 Strath Rusdale, Boath, woodland!
NH58 100 1 99 Forest SW of Oldtown, near Ardgay.
NH87 70 31 39 Loch Eye, Rhynie NR, Balintore, Hilton, Shandwick, Nigg, Fearn.

Please send records and/or dried specimens to me at the address below. Please do not use plastic wrapping – use plain paper – as fungal material reacts poorly with plastic.

Later stages of the survey will concentrate on unworked squares plus specialised habitats and substrates.

Many thanks.

Bruce Ing, Tigh na faoileige, Rhue, Ullapool, IV26 2TJ.


Highland Atlas of Ants

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

As you all may know, this is planned as the last year of fieldwork for the Highland  Ant Atlas, and we need as many records as possible from the unrecorded areas of Highland.

The current maps are available on this website.

While all reports of ants are welcome, especially from the unrecorded areas, a few things are priorities.  First, if you know of any wood ant nests away from the hotspots of Strathspey, Culbin, and the Ft Augustus/Glen Moriston areas, please check to see if the maps for Formica aquilonia and F. lugubris have a blue dot there.  If not, please let me know , with a grid reference and/or description of how to find them.

Even if there is a dot, it would be good to have the information, in case we don’t know of the site you have found.

Arguably our most interesting ant is the Slave-making Ant F. sanguinea.

We have found this to be quite common over the E of the area, but as it is of some conservation concern in England it would be good to have as complete a picture of its distribution.

We are still finding new sites (four just in the past month), and Highland is its great stronghold in Britain.  If you find large red-and-black ants in open S-facing clearings where you do not see wood ant mounds, consider that they might be Slavers and check the map to see if we know of them.

The website shows how it is very easy to identify the Slaver from wood ants with a lens.

The biggest puzzle the scheme has thrown up is the distribution of the Yellow Meadow Ant Lasius flavus.

They are well distributed and often common to the west of the Great Glen, but we have no records in Highland to the S and E of the Glen.

Although it will live under stones and in moss like other ants, the Yellow Meadow Ant often builds soil mounds if the conditions are right (fine, dry sandy soil is best), and these are easily seen as they may be 2 feet or more high, thinly vegetated with Thyme and other dwarf plants.

Anyone who knows Strathfarrar will be familiar with the splendid examples there.  Its cousin the Black Garden Ant L. niger sometimes does the same, but a slight disturbance of the surface will tell whether the workers are yellow or black.

If anyone knows of Yellow Meadow Ants in the area to the SE of the Great Glen, again please send the details.

If anyone has a theory on why it should have this strange distribution, I would be interested to hear it.