North Creagan field trip report

Click the link for a report of our field trip at North Creagan on Saturday 13 Dec.
Our next field trip is on Tue 30 Dec, venue to be announced shortly.

LNHG North Creagan field trip 13 Dec

Our next field trip is a visit to Glen Creran Woods SSSI which contains old hazel and oak woodland with rich lichen communities. There are also some fine old birch and alder trees with a different group of lichens that prefer acid bark. We will naturally be looking out for anything else we can see too, such as birds and winter fungi.

Date: Saturday 13 December 2014
Time: 10.00 a.m.
Meeting place: Take the Invercreran road at the North Creagan roundabout on the A828. After about 300 yards you pass a large green barn on your right, and soon after this you pass the entrance to Cnoc Lodge grounds, also on your right. A short distance beyond this there is an unmarked parking area to your right, at NM 9841 4477. Meet here.
Terrain: Muddy.
To bring: Packed lunch, clothing for all weathers, camera, binoculars, illuminated hand lens, laminated lichen ID charts, any other accessories you may possess (all optional)
Post-event celebrations: As it’s the weekend Castle Stalker Cafe should be open.

17 people, 17 waxcaps

A report on our visit to Lismore on 12 Nov is here.  The number of waxcap species seen was the highest we’ve ever recorded and is evidence of very high quality habitat.

LNHG cycle track field trip Tue 25 Nov

This month’s midweek field trip is along the Sustrans cycle track from Lettershuna to Lurignish. This walk was originally announced for December 2013 but was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions. The forecast for  Tuesday is quite the opposite: dry and calm.

Meet at 10 a.m. at the long layby just after the road meets the coast (coming from the south) between Lettershuna and Appin House.

So far we have recorded 355 plant species along the cycle track since it opened. Perhaps even in November we can add a few more. If not, I’m sure we can add some lichens, late fungi and maybe a bird or two to the list.

Please bring a packed lunch as I don’t think there will be a cafe or pub open along the entire A828.

Lifts available from various places, please ask.


Species of the Month

Our Species of the Month  for November is the grassland fungus Golden Spindles.  All sightings welcome.  Thanks for all the Crismon Waxcap sightings for October.

Field Trips on 12th and 15th Nov

On Wednesday 12th November there is a special visit to Achinduin, Lismore, where last autumn Kiki, who runs the Lismore cafe, found sensational grassland fungi including Violet Coral (gasp!) and White Ballerina Waxcap (swoon!).  Ever since then I have wanted to visit the area, and now we have the chance.  This is one for the grassland fungus connoisseur.

Mainland members meet at Port Appin in good time for the 10 a.m. ferry.  It’s essential to let me know that you’re coming so that the right number of cars can be arranged on the other side, where our Lismore members will kindly transport us to the site.

Lismore members who are not providing transport, please meet at Kiki’s house at 10.30 a.m.

Our regular Saturday field trip is at 10 a.m. on Saturday 15th November at Cologin, from where we will walk to Loch Ghleann a’Bhearraidh, spotting birds, fungi and whatever else is about in mid-November.

Directions: From Oban take the A816 south for about 2 miles, then take the road on your right signposted Lerags, which is almost opposite the Moleigh waste disposal site entrance.

About 1 mile down the Lerags road take the road to your right signposted Barn Restaurant.  About 500 yds down this road you approach the hotel complex and see a parking area next to the dustbins on your left.  Park there.

On both events, please bring a packed lunch and come prepared for all weathers.  Lifts will be available from various places, please ask.


Talk by Terry on Tuesday

Tomorrow evening (Tue 11 Nov) Terry Robilliard will give an illustrated talk on the Birds of St Kilda, at the Seil Island Hall, Ellenabeich, starting at 7.30 pm.  Free to members, £2 to non-members, or join at the door.  Tea and biscuits after the talk.

Kentallen field trip report

After several days of torrential rain we were lucky enough to have a dry day for our field trip at Kentallen.  A report of the trip with photos by some of those who took part is here.


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