Saturday’s field trip at Salen, Lismore

Despite most regulars from both Lismore and the mainland being unable to attend, there were 7 of us in the end ready to brave the forecast downpour, which never appeared until the exact moment when we got back to the cars to head for the cafe. So a very enjoyable day in a beautiful setting. We added a humongous number of plants to the Salen species list. Pride of place goes to Parsley Water-dropwort, described as “rare” in Bernard Thompson’s Lismore flora and “very rare” in Gordon Rothero’s Argyll flora. Bernard had recorded it in 1999 at the exact place where we found it, but I did not know that so it was pleasing to happen upon it again by chance. Photo below. The long narrow finger-like leaflets are what make it stand out from other umbellifers.

Oenanthe lachenalii

Other plants of interest included Rock Whitebeam, Saltmarsh Flat-sedge, Greater Sea Spurrey, Hairy Brome, Brookweed, Knotted Pearlwort, Distant Sedge and Elecampane.

Thanks to Marlene and David for driving us around and Carol for showing us the secret route to the top of the cliffs, and to everyone for spotting things.


Scotch Argus

Erebia aethiops

My first Scotch Argus of the year, at Inverawe yesterday.  The earliest seen or reported to LNHG in previous years were:

22 Jul 2007
25 Jul 2008
25 Jul 2009
20 Jul 2010
27 Jul 2011
24 Jul 2012
27 Jul 2013

Within a few days they’ll be by far the commonest butterfly around.


LNHG Talk – Tuesday 8th July 2014

norwayLandscapes and Wildlife
of Norway
by James Fenton


Tuesday 8th July 2014
1930 hrs
Seil Island Hall

Free for members
£ 2.00 for non-members

LNHG Talk – Tuesday 10th June 2014

canadian wildernessJust a reminder that our next talk is on Tuesday 10th June at 1930 hours at Seil Island Hall.  Our speaker is Sara Frost and her talk is entitled “Back to the Canadian Wild”.

Sara Frost is a young zoologist living on the Isle of Seil who has recently been successful in becoming a Local Patch Reporter for the BBC Wildlife Magazine. Sara is one of twenty writers across the UK who have been chosen to write a weekly online blog for the next year  about the wildlife they encounter in their local area.

Her first blog went live in February 2014 and can be seen at :-

She has also recently completed a local wildlife film called ‘Wild Islands’ which can be found at :-

Regards Richard

Black Lochs walk 11 a.m. Sat 7 June


Photo – Hairy Dragonfly from last year’s LNHG Black Lochs walk.

On Saturday LNHG and SWT have a joint walk to the Black Lochs – although we may not reach the lochs! As regulars will know, the woods on the way to the lochs are full of dragonflies including several rare species. These can often be seen sitting around on the bracken and provide excellent photo opportunities. Nothing is guaranteed of course. The weather will be a factor. There should be plenty of other insects, plants etc, to keep us busy if the dragonflies aren’t showing.

The Black Lochs is Scotland’s top dragonfly site with almost all the Argyll species and a very high proportion of all the Scottish species.

Please note this walk starts at 11 a.m, an hour later than the usual LNHG start time.

Meet at the layby on the A85 Connel-Taynuilt road, on the left (coming from Connel) shortly before the Achnacloich road end and railway bridge, at NM 949 336. This is the second of two successive laybys with advance P signs, make sure you don’t end up in the first one.

Bring footwear suitable for sploshing around in, packed lunch and camera. Lifts available from various places, please ask.


Species of the Month – June 2014

Thanks to all who sent in Large Red Damselfly sightings for May.  Our June target is the Forester Moth  West Argyll is the Scottish heartland for this nationally declining UK BAP priority species, and all sightings will be helpful in mapping its distribution in the area.

Good hunting!


Barcaldine School Moths

I ran the moth trap at Barcaldine School on Wednesday night and we got 75 moths of 33 different species, which was even better than last year’s haul of 49 moths from 29 species.

The best was a Swallow Prominent, which I had never seen before and which is very rarely recorded in our area, unlike the common Lesser Swallow Prominent with which it can easily be confused.  The identity of this specimen was confirmed by moth expert Roy Leverton from the above photo.

Here is the complete list

9 Clouded Border
8 Brown Silver-line
6 Lesser Swallow Prominent
5 Scorched Wing
4 Broom Moth
4 White Ermine
3 Iron Prominent
3 Pale-shouldered Brocade
2 Poplar Hawk-moth
2 Pale Prominent
2 Small Angle Shades
2 Pebble Prominent
2 Scalloped Hazel
2 Flame Shoulder
2 Small Phoenix
2 Lunar Thorn
1 Spruce Carpet
1 Buff Ermine
1 Common Marbled Carpet
1 Marbled Coronet
1 Foxglove Pug
1 Peacock Moth
1 Peppered Moth
1 Powdered Quaker
1 Map-winged Swift
1 Nut-tree Tussock
1 Silver-ground Carpet
1 Opsibotys fuscalis (a micro-moth with no English name)
1 Clouded Silver
1 Garden Carpet
1 Marbled Brown
1 Grey Pine Carpet
1 Swallow Prominent