LNHG midweek field trip, Kentallen, Tue 28 Oct

Our midweek field trip this month will be at Kentallen on Tuesday 28th October. We will walk along the new section of the Sustrans cycle track which has recently opened between Kentallen and the Holly Tree Hotel, with possible forays into the surrouding countryside. Meet at 10 a.m. in the parking space just south of the Ardsheal road end. (NN 0068 5720)

Directions: From the south, drive up the A828 through Duror. About 1.5 miles after leaving Duror you’ll see a big green “Welcome to Kentallen” road-sign on your left. About 100 yards past this there is a parking area on your left, just before the road to Ardsheal. Park here.

From the north, take the A828 south and the parking place is just under a mile south of the Holly Tree Hotel, on your right immediately after the Ardsheal road end.

Lifts available from Taynuilt, Connel, Port Appin and other places, please ask.

To bring: Stout waterproof footwear and clothing for all weathers. Also a packed lunch. Should the weather prove inclement there is a conveniently placed refuge in the shape of the Holly Tree Hotel.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.


Fearnoch Fungus Foray 18 Oct

18 forayers turned out for our joint field trip with Clyde & Argyll Fungus Group yesterday.  It was unseasonably warm and a lot drier than forecast, with just a few very short showers.

Fungi were not as prolific as on our 2011 visit but with so many pairs of eyes we kept foray leader Dick Peebles busy with things we had found, most of which he was not only able to name but tell us a good deal about, including which to avoid, which to eat, and even how to cook them.

I’ll put up a full report with photos shortly.  In the meantime here is Jan’s photo of two of Fearnoch Forest’s best-known inhabitants, the Chanterelle and the Scottish Wood Ant.

Polyporus squamosus


Waxcap Wander 15 Oct

Here is a report on our sixth annual Waxcap Wander which took place on Wednesday at Baileouchdarach, Lismore.


Glen Euchar field trip Tue 30 Sep

Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral butterflies have been very numerous lately. This one is from our Glen Euchar field trip on Tuesday. Full report with more photos and moth and fungi lists at http://www.lnhg.org.uk/2014-09-30.htm

Marsh Fritillary count at Ballachuan

On Saturday 6th several LNHG members took part in the annual Marsh Fritillary web count at the Ballachuan SWT reserve, the marshy part of which is managed for this endangered butterfly.  At this time of year the young larvae are feeding actively and making protective webs on their foodplant, Devilsbit Scabious.

Euphydryas aurinia

This photo shows a group of young caterpillars feeding outside their web which was close by.  I don’t yet know how the figures compare with previous years but we found good numbers of webs and larvae.

A number of other interesting items were found including some amazing blue sawfly larvae which have yet to be identified.  The marsh is ideal for the Garden Spider, our Species of the Month, and its large webs were frequently encountered with big fat females in the middle of them or lurking in their retreat at the top.


LNHG field trip to Luing, Saturday 13 September

Our next field trip is a visit to the Isle of Luing on Sat 13 Sept.  Meet at 9.45 a.m. at Cuan on Seil to get the 10 a.m. ferry to Luing.  We will not be taking cars across.  Our walk will start when we get off the ferry.

Our aim will be to update the plant lists for the squares at the north end of the island, and we will also be looking out for any waxcap grassland or other promising fungal sites.  A quick search on the British fungal database for the commonest dozen or so species I can think of shows no records at all for Luing, so we should have little difficulty in adding a few new names to the island’s fungus list (which does contain some rarities found by our members in the past).  In addition we will keep an eye out for birds, butterflies and whatever else is about.

At present the forecast for Saturday is calm, warm and dry with a fair amount of sunshine.  We can look forward to a scenic walk with fine views of other islands.

Please bring a packed lunch and good waterproof footwear.  Lifts will be available from various places, please ask.

Any Luing residents will be particularly welcome as they can help us find our way around!


LNHG Talk – Tuesday 9th September

Postponement of  Talk

Dear Members,

I do apologise for this short notice, but I will have to cancel tonight’s talk by Laken-Louise Hives on ‘Drones in Conservation’.
Her grandmother suffered a heart attack this weekend and although she was hoping to be back in time for the talk, she has found the practicalities of returning from Manchester on time too difficult.
I hope to rearrange this talk for the near future, apologies again,