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Embo Beach Walk – 20/09/2014

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Saturday 20th September was dull and showery inland but in the east nearer the sea clouds and showers were well separated and the sun shone strongly as the afternoon progressed. Embo Beach looked beautiful in the sun and with a warmish, northerly breeze.

Field Club members began observing before arriving at Embo. a Red Kite was seen at Clashmore, and Truffle mushrooms were brought by David and Susan from Fearn.

If the identification of the Truffles is confirmed (Hymenogaster niveus) this is likely to be their northernmost record.

Also, walking down toward the beach a leaf beetle was spotted on a mint plant by Jimmy. Again, confirmation of the insect (Chrysolina polita & 2 & 3) would be its northernmost record.

Other highlights: jellyfish (Lion’s Mane (Cyanea capillata) & 2 and Octopus), feeding Gannets (mature & immature), Porpoise breeching quite near the shore (following a food fish shoal?), Devil’s Coach Horse Beetle or Carriage Coach Beetle (Ocypus olens), a fresh water beetle, one dead seal, etc.

Here are some photos:

Truffles #1 found by Sue and David, by Chairman DavidClick image to view

Truffles #2 found by Susan and David, by Chairman David

Truffles #3 found by Susan and David, by Chairman David

Leaf beetle from mint plant, by Russell

Leaf beetle from mint plant, by Russell

Octopus jellyfish, by David

Octopus jellyfish, by David

Octopus jellyfish, by David

Octopus jellyfish, by David

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