When we visited Glen Errachty with Sheila in August 2017, it was a cold damp day and I promised myself I’d come back for a longer visit. Well, today was not that day – I got the forecast wrong and although the heavy rain had stopped by the time I arrived, the clouds were still low and grey over the hills.
Moonwort, Botrychia lunaria. Standing up like a feather in the grass, the oddest looking thing.
Heath Cudweed, Gnaphalium sylvaticum. I have a soft spot for Gnaphaliums. These were just where I found them on the previous trip.
Autumn Gentian, Gentianella amarella. This time, I didn’t see any Field Gentian, but lots and lots of amarella, all tightly rolled shut.
I didn’t find Stag’s Clubmoss, although I kept looking twice at sprigs of Erica tetralix. I did find a beautiful furry moss, but think this is a different one from last time.
Last time we definitely didn’t see this wonderful patch of red sphaghnum.
I love the way the individual plant heads are spaced out so exactly. And the way the colour ebbs and flows.
The rain came on and I turned back, only for it to clear as I got near the car. I noticed a pink Devil’s-bit Scabious (but prefer the usual soft purple-blue).
And then I heard a familiar noise.
Think these are pinkfeet, flying in their almost perfect V.
I enjoyed this so much, re-finding plants and remembering our group days out. I’ll be back another time for a “proper” walk round the reservoir.