Species of the Month

Orthosia gothica
Our Species of the Month for March is a moth that likes cold weather, the Hebrew Character. It will come to lit windows and is often still there in the morning at rest on the wall nearby. See http://www.lnhg.org.uk/species-of-the-month.htm for more info and a form to send in sightings. Good luck, and if you find any other moths at your windows, please send those in too!

Tuesday 24th February – Walk cancelled

I’ve decided to cancel tomorrow’s field trip at Glen Nant owing to the weather warnings that have been issued of severe gale force winds with sleet or snow and icy roads. It’s a long way for most members to come and we may find the Glen Nant road is not driveable. We wouldn’t be able to do the site justice in these conditions, even assuming anyone turns up.
We’ll have the walk next Tuesday 3rd March if the weather is better then.
Sorry for any disappointment but I think most people will be happy to stay at home!

Glen Nant field trip Tue 24 Feb

Our next field trip will be on Tue 24 Feb at Glen Nant national nature reserve near Taynuilt, an area of ancient Atlantic woodland with an exceptionally rich lichen flora. There’s a good chance of Red Squirrels, and perhaps even an early spring flower or two peeping out. Nobody won the prize for the first female Hazel flower on our last walk so there’ll be a free coffee in the Taynuilt Hotel for whoever finds one this time!

A leaflet about the reserve is at http://www.snh.gov.uk/docs/B826705.pdf and a more detailed account at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/GlenNantReservejan07.pdf/$file/GlenNantReservejan07.pdf

Meet at 10 a.m. in the reserve car park which is reached by taking the B845 Kilchrenan road on your right as you head east out of Taynuilt. The car park is about 3 miles down this road, on your right, well signposted, at NN 019 272.

Bring packed lunch, clothing for all weathers and stout waterproof footwear. Lifts will be available from various places, please ask.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.


LNHG Talk – Tuesday 10th March

Arctic - Svalbard‘Adapting to the North’ :- A talk by Etsy Wilcox on adaptations of Arctic wildlife to cold weather’

‘What the deep sea can tell us about climate change’ : -
A talk by Rachel Vezza on the Faroe-Scotland channel deep water research.

‘The Loch Etive Glacier’ : – A talk by Allan Audsley, exploring how Loch Etive as we know it today, was formed.

Venue:  Seil Island Hall,  Ellenabeich    Time:  1930 hrs.

Admission: Free to members, £2 to non-members, or join at the door. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the talk.

For further details contact Richard Wesley on :- snhguk@gmail.com 

New LNHG Facebook Group

Marsh Fritillary websiteDear Members,

LNHG used to have a very lively online forum with lots of good discussion and many people sending in wildlife observations or photos for identification.  This forum was hosted by Yahoo but unfortunately a few members could not access it owing to problems seemingly at Yahoo’s end.

We then moved the forum to Local Origins Rural Network.  This has not been a great success and in recent times only one member has been posting to this forum.  As a private forum it also has the disadvantage that items posted on it are not available to people searching for information about Argyll Natural History on Google.

We believe there is great potential for a lively forum about local wildlife open to LNHG members and the wider community.  After much discussion we have decided that a Facebook group is the way to go.

We share the reservations that many people have about how Facebook operates.  However the fact is that a great many LNHG members have already made the choice to join Facebook and will be able to access our forum without having to create a new login or password.  It is also clear that Facebook groups are very successful in attracting participation, and we are confident that the LNHG Facebook group will be a popular space for exchange of information and ideas.  We would not have the same confidence if we set up the new forum on any other platform.

To visit the new forum go to  :-


To join,  click   “Join Group”.

If you are not already a Facebook member, you will be invited to join Facebook while you are trying to join the Group.  Any member of the group can add photos/videos/events and files. You can even add other friends who you think might be interested in our group.

All new members and posts to the group are moderated,  so that will prevent any spam appearing on the site.  This will result in a short delay before posts are publicized.

We are keen to help anyone who has any difficulty in joining Facebook or accessing the Group.  We don’t want anyone to feel left out!  However it is not essential that everybody joins,  it is your choice !    Please get in touch if you need advice.

Regards,   Richard and Carl

North Shian field trip Sat 14 Feb

Our next field trip will be on Saturday 14 February in the North Shian area. Meet at 10 a.m. at Appin Community Car Park which is opposite Appin Church and Appin Village Hall (NM 9387 4590). From there we’ll go in fewer cars to the starting point. Could anyone coming from Lismore or Port Appin please let me know and we’ll pick you up in Port Appin.

We’ll be looking at lichens on trees and rocks, as well as any winter fungi or birds that are about, and there’s always the chance of an early spring flower or two. First one to spot a female hazel flower wins a slice of cake in the Pier House Hotel. Anyone who finds the fungus Spring Hazelcups wins the LNHG Order of Merit.

Bring packed lunch, clothing for all weathers and stout waterproof footwear.

See you there!

LNHG Talk – Tuesday 10th February

Common Tern‘Seabirds, Insects and other interesting forms of life in Argyll’ 

Speaker :- Clive Craik.

Venue:  Seil Island Hall,  Ellenabeich    Time:  1930 hrs.

This will be preceded by the LNHG AGM starting at 1900 hours. All members are welcome to attend.  Admission: Free to members, £2 to non-members, or join at the door. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be available after the talk.

Species of the Month

Lobaria pulmonaria
(photo by Jan Hamilton from our Appin walk in Mar 2014)
Thanks to all who hunted for the Flute Lichen in January. Our February Species of the Month is Tree Lungwort, an easily recognised lichen that’s common in the West of Scotland but scarce elsewhere. All sightings welcome.

Glen Creran field trip report

Hymenophyllum tunbrigense
Tunbridge Filmy Fern from our field trip to Glen Creran woods on Tuesday. A report with many other photos is at http://www.lnhg.org.uk/2015-01-27.htm

Dick Peebles talk rearranged

The 13 January talk by Dick Peebles was cancelled due to snow blocking the roads. This talk has been rearranged for Tuesday 12 May. Dick is also hoping to fit in an outing to look for spring fungi the day before or after the talk (or even both days).