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Migdale Loch Autumn Field Trip – 2014

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

On Saturday (18th October) in warm autumn sunshine 12 TDFC members had a most enjoyable walk along Loch Migdale through Woodland Trust’s “Ledmore & Migdale” reserve.

Although this hasn’t been an autumn of spectacular colours, after a few days of sunshine and cool evenings many of the trees were beginning to show us a fine autumn display.

TDFC walk by Loch Migdale, October 18; photo RussellClick image to view


We spent some time looking at fungi and galls although this stretched our knowledge to its limits and beyond! We greatly miss Philip Entwistle’s encyclopaedic knowledge of such things.

After three hours in the woods we returned for a barbecue lunch at the Torroy croft, recently refurbished by the Woodland Trust. Thanks to Gavin, Pam, Marion, Pat and Fay for stalwart work on the barbecue.

BBQ at Torroy Croft, in warm sun; photo GavinClick image to view

While we were at Torroy Jimmy caught a very late flying dragonfly. It was very faded and almost translucent so identification was difficult. Jonathan Willet identified it from photos as a very late flying female Black Darter (Sympetrum danae).

Dragonfly (Black Darter) caught by Jimmy at Torroy; photo DavidClick image to view

Thanks to all who made this a very enjoyable day.

Species List

Walk in Migdale Woods & Torroy      18/10/2014

NH 64 90
NH 65 90
NH 66 90

Species Common Name Grid Ref Count
Recorder ID
Calocera viscosa Yellow Stagshorn NH 65120 90628 TDFC
Melampsorella sp. Pine Witches Broom gall NH 6637 9088 TDFC
Nectria cinnabarina Coral spot NH 6624 9085 TDFC
Cantharellus cibarius Chanterelle NH 6515 9060 TDFC
Candlesnuff type fungus NH 6577 9061 TDFC on birch
Amanita sp. Amanita-type NH 6586 9070 TDFC Possibly Tawny Grisette S.fulva
Amanita sp. Amanita-type NH 65120 90628 TDFC

Blechnum spicant Hard Fern NH 65 90 TDFC
Polypodium vulgare Common Polypody NH 65 90 TDFC
Pteridium aquilinum Bracken NH 65 90 TDFC

Flowering Plants
Juniperus communis Juniper NH 6665 9083 TDFC
Bellis perennis Daisy NH 66 90 TDFC
Betula pubescens Downy Birch NH 66 90 TDFC
Calluna vulgaris Heather NH 66 90 TDFC
Hedera helix Ivy NH 66 90 TDFC
Ulex europaeus Gorse NH 66 90 TDFC
Vaccinium myrtillus Blaeberry NH 66 90 TDFC
Succisa pratensis Devil’s-bit Scabious NH 65 90 TDFC

Vespula vulgaris Common wasp 2 JMcK
Epirrita Sp. November, Pale November or Autumnal Moth 2 JMcK Photo to be checked
Oligotrophus juniperinus Junirer Tulip Gall Fly NH 6665 9083
Phytomyza ilicis Holly Leaf Gall Fly NH 6600 9076
Geotrupes stercorarius Dor Beetle NH 653 906

Dragonflies & Damselflies
Sympetrum danae Black Darter NH 667 908 TDFC Jonathan Willet (record sent to BDS)


Birds No. Breed
Buteo buteo Buzzard NH 65 90 1 TDFC
Buteo buteo Buzzard NH 66 90 1 TDFC
Aegithalos caudatus Long-tailed Tit NH 66 90 TDFC
Troglodytes troglodytes Wren NH 66 90 TDFC
Erithacus rubecula Robin NH 65 90 TDFC
Erithacus rubecula Robin NH 66 90 TDFC
Turdus merula Blackbird NH 66 90 TDFC
Turdus pilaris Fieldfare NH 66 90 TDFC
Turdus viscivorus Mistle Thrush NH 66 90 TDFC
Regulus regulus Goldcrest NH 66 90 TDFC
Parus ater Coal Tit NH 65 90 TDFC
Parus caeruleus Blue Tit NH 65 90 TDFC
Pyrrhula pyrrhula Bullfinch NH 66 90 TDFC

Mammals No.
Cervus elaphus Red Deer NH 65 90 RW, MCT, PO Roaring on S side of loch

Golspie ‘Big Burn’ Gorge

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

The 2013 New Year Walk in the valley of the Lichen, the Moss, and the Fern.

With warm weather to start the yer the spirits were high, the cloud cover was relatively high and mist clung round some of the steep gorge walls.  Of most interest walking up the glen from Sutherland Stone Company, up past the mill pond and the high level car park before descending toward the falls and returning downstream to the cars?  The great gnarled and cracked trees with tape identifiers and index numbers clearly marked out for a bat survey and the array of lichens, moss and ferns.  We will have to discover what that bat survey turns up.

Several cameras were busy; here are some results:

Big Burn by AnnBentalClick image to view

21st november 2010, Excursion to Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

We hoped for a sparkling, dry day, Sunday 21st November 2010.  It was dry almost throughout, and the outline of the sun could be seen occasionally.  The outdoor experience was great, of course.

We were privileged to have Innes McNeill to guide, explain and comment on Alladale which is such a beautiful and dramatic estate. He showed us the Elk in their new enclosure and after a short trip by Landrover we saw a few of the Wild Boar. Innes is the Wilderness Reserve Manager at Alladale so he knows every imported animal and also manages the numbers and habitat of the really wild ones.

He explained the regime for keeping the Elk healthy and how the Wild Boar experiment had fared. We were shown tree planting from previous years and Innes explained the new thinking on the future tree planting programme and we were intrigued to see inside the new micro hydro-electric generating station which provides electricity to the estate.

Our thanks go to Innes and to Sadie and Jane who, as darkness fell, hosted our group, serving hot refreshment and home baked treats.

headermontageClick image to view