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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

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.


Mushroom with slug / worm eggs?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

In a good year for mushrooms Chanterelles were a target for the menu on Wednesday, 27th August 2014.  After years of finding mushrooms this example turned up – not before seen by us here nor anywhere.

The black eggs are …… ?  There may be an answer at iSpot.

Chantarelle with Slug Eggs?  Or Worm Eggs?Click image to view



EDIT 30/08/2014: There are responses which indicate the black blob objects on the mushroom are a slime mold; iSpot likely belonging to the group Myxomycetes or plasmodial slime molds, possibly Leocarpus fragilis (1), (2), and elsewhere, astonishingly similar to Leocarpus: Trichia decipiens.

In 2012 I asked about ‘insect eggs’ in tree bark. Maybe that was a similar slime mold!

Keep checking this post to see if an answer emerges.

Beechmast Candlesnuff fungus

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

We found the Beechmast Candlesnuff fungus (Xylaria carpophila) this morning at Calrossie. Heather found it below the leaf litter within 2 minutes of leaving the car and about 20 secs after starting to search! Photo attached.

Those who weren’t at Tuesday’s meeting can find info about this fungus on the HBRG website news page (

Beechmast_Candlesnuff _Xylaria_carpophilaClick image to view

Beechmast_Candlesnuff _Xylaria_carpophila#2Click image to view

Rare lichen species found at fourth site

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

A rare lichen previously known to survive on just three trees in Scotland has been found at a fourth site. Continue reading “Rare lichen species found at fourth site” »