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Reelig Glen- 13 February 2016

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

The sun shone in a nearly clear sky most of the morning and early afternoon, but on the forest footpath at the base of Reelig Glen while the light above was welcome there was very little heat penetrating down to the shadows beneath the very tall trees.  Seventeen TDFC members took the short path, anti-clockwise, round the deepest part of the glen.

John Miller led us and explained the interest, the biology and the physics of some of Scotland’s, and Britain’s, tallest trees.  The depth of the glen and the protection this offered and the natural prevelance for the trees to stretch up toward the light, and the fashion for planting favoured tree species over the past 140 or so years has made Reelig Glen the calm place we now enjoy, and the fruitfulness for

The species list below demonstrates the variety Reelig offered even in mid-February.

13/02/16 Reelig Glen
NH 54 NH 55 42 NH 55 43 Notes

Birds
Erithacus rubecula Robin
Milvus milvus Red Kite
Buteo buteo Buzzard
Certhia familiaris Treecreeper

Mammals
Talpa europaea Mole Mole hills
Sciurius vulguris Red Squirrel Drey & cones

Fungi
Xylaria carpophila Beechmast Candlesnuff Fungus
Sparassis crispa Cauliflower fungus
Exidiopsis effusa Hair ice fungus B.Ing – Lots of hair ice seen
Eutypa scabrosa B.Ing
Melanomma pulvis-pyrius B.Ing
Propolis versicolor B.Ing

Ferns
Asplenium (Phyllitis) scolopendrium
Asplenium trichomanes
Blechnum spicant
Dryopteris affinis agg
Dryopteris dilatata
Dryopteris filx-mas
Polystichium aculeatum Shield-fern, Hard

Conifers
Abies alba Fir, European Silver
Abies procera Fir, Noble
Larix decidua Larch, European Champion
Picea abies Spruce, Norway Champion
Picea jezoensis Spruce, Hondo
Picea sitchensis Spruce, Sitka
Pseudostuga menziesii Fir, Douglas Dughall Mòr ;  tallest in Scotland
(66.4m, 4.56m circumferance)
Taxus baccata Yew
Tsuga heterophylla Hemlock-spruce, Western

Flowering Plants
Calluna vulgaris Heather
Chrysosplenium oppositifolium Saxifrage, Opposite-leaved Golden
Fagus sylvatica Beech
Geranium robertianum Herb-robert
Hedera helix Ivy
Ilex aquifolium Holly
Juncus effusus Rush, Soft-
Luzula sylvatica Wood-rush, Greater
Oxalis acetosella Wood-sorrel
Ranunculus repens Buttercup, Creeping
Rhododendron ponticum Rhododendron
Rubus fruticosus Bramble / Blackberry
Rubus idaeus Raspberry
Rumex obtusifolius Dock, Broad-leaved
Tilia europaea (x) Lime Tallest in Britain
Vaccinium myrtillus Bilberry
Veronica montana Speedwell, Wood
Viola riviniana Dog-violet, Common

Field Trip to Reelig Glen

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Tain & District Field Club has been to Reelig Glen before and we have been fortunate enough to have John Miller lead us as he will on Saturday, 13th February.

Reelig is always a pleasure to visit.  The ultra-tall trees are a mark of the protection afforded by the deep and narrow ravine and they are not the only interest found along the footpaths.

Keep checking this site and the TDFC Facebook page for the latest information about the meeting point.

Winter may still be with us in February so all caveats about apparel and nourishment apply.

Forestry Commission Scotland entry.
Woodland Trust entry.
A BBC entry.
Monumental trees entry.