TRAVELLING NATURALIST TRIP REPORT

Rum & Eigg

28 June - 5 July 2003


De facto leader:
Jamie McMillan

TRIP DIARY

27 June

As Sheila, Lesley and I headed up the motorway we received the startling news that Robin Noble was suffering from an undiagnosed dizzy-making illness (which later turned out to be a mystery virus) and so had to pull out of the trip. Could I lead it? Well, I'd do my best.

28 June

We met up in calm conditions on Mallaig quay, with a low mist obscuring the islands. As we waited (and were assured that our bags were being loaded into the right boat for Eigg!), we watched a Grey Seal basking in the harbour, amongst lots of Moon Jellyfish.

Out in the Sound of Sleat it became increasingly windy with spots of rain. We saw Guillemot, Razorbill and Kittiwake close in, then started ploughing through rafts of Manx Shearwaters, with great views of the flying alongside.

A rumour had spread that the boat was calling at Muck first, so it took us completely by surprise when we turned into a bay that looked suspiciously like Eigg, even more so when the mist parted momentarily to reveal high hills. So on to the 'flit boat' and we were met at the quay by John Chester, the SWT warden, who very kindly agreed to give up an afternoon to show us some of the island. We loaded up into the island minibus and were soon winding our way up through the hazel woods and on to the moor before dropping down to Kildonnan. Even in the mist we could see that the house was in a superb setting by a delightful bay, and after a welcome and guided tour of the very recently refurbished house we settled down to tea and cakes. In fact they were still working on it this morning, Marie admitted, but it looked fine to us, and we felt privileged to be the first group to stay here for two years.

The mist was clearing as we headed out after tea for a short walk up to the moorland. The bay held Eider and Common Sandpipers, and the nearby columnar-basalt cliffs an abundance of Song Thrushes. Redpolls flew over and trilled, and a Lapwing displayed. By the road above Kildonnan a Standing Stone was, I declared, testimony to the thousands of years of man's presence on the island. Er - not really, said Marie when we asked her about it after supper. It had been put up as a bet by some local chaps after a somewhat heavy Saturday night in the island café/pub. This historical leadership thing was clearly going to be tougher than I thought÷

While Les & Bea headed on down to the quay to collect island walk books - which had mysteriously found their way back tot the house already - we headed back to the house in sunshine, and for the first time we could see the famous rocks of the Sgurr above us.

Over a splendid supper Jamie had the wonderful news that Alice and Bea's puddings (a delicious lemony concoction) were going spare - and was promptly christened Jamie 'Three-puddings' McMillan by Sheila as a result (see this year's brochure).

Afterwards in glorious evening sunshine we went out to the point to see what was offshore. Snipe were 'drumming' overhead as we walked down, and a curious Common Seal came and looked at us. Offshore we could see the fins of Harbour Porpoises breaking the oily-calm surface.

29 June

A clear, bright morning, and lovely out before breakfast, as I think all of us were. Then we strode out along the main road of the island - Alice & Bea declaring it 'rush-hour' both times we were passed by the same Land Rover.

It was already pretty warm as we left the house and there were already many butterflies on the wing, along with several Magpie moths. The few we saw here were the harbingers of positive swarms over the moorland. We stopped in the old shop to look at the displays, then walked on past the island phone box and the plantations, where Buzzards showed on cue at 1015. As we crested the ridge, both Rum and Skye Cuillins came into view making a superb vista. Birds were active in the sunshine - Whinchats and Whitethroats were feeding, and a Mistle Thrush became another not-a-baby-Cuckoo. Butterflies included Small Heath and a good number of Red Admirals, and Golden-ringed Dragonflies patrolled the hedgebanks.

We continued down to Cleadale and the croft lands, with Sedge Warbler singing and horseflies beginning to bite. Our first Twite made a brief appearance here before we settled down to lunch at Laig Bay. Les had her first swim of the trip: the water can't have been too cold as the screaming seemed quite restrained (to a practised ear anyway ÷).

On our walk back over the top, the sun was getting positively hot - in fact the tarmac was starting to melt. Back at Kildonnan those not in shorts promptly changed, and we met John again for a walk round the 'woodland loop'. It turned out that he lived in the house we'd walked past twice, just next door in fact, in an enviable position by the bay. He took us up the Kildonnan cliff path, through the hazel coppice and on to grassy banks where Dark Green Fritillaries and 6-spot Burnet moths were on the wing. Further still he showed us swathes of orchids - Heath Spotted and Fragrant - in a damp meadow.

We went on through quiet but delightful woodlands on to the quay for tea. Here we could see the new quay under construction, and John wondered what ecological changes it would make to the bay. After tea we headed up to the Lodge, now deserted but with its gardens being cared for. A Chilean Firebush in flower here looked almost as good as the ones in Patagonia!

Back at Kildonnan a glitch with the hot water prompted Sheila and I to wait with a cup of tea outside - and a male Hen Harrier flew past the garden!

30 June

It was sunny and warm again as we set off up the cliff path towards the Sgurr - our objective for the day. A movement in the bank spotted by Les turned out to be a pair of Short-tailed Voles staring aback at us with beady eyes. Through the wood and on to the road, and a Sand Martin flew along above the road - this turns out to be something of an island rarity. On the track we diverted to see a Buzzard nest - shown by John to Sheila yesterday - with three well-grown young. Here Siskins were very visible both on the path and low in the conifers.

We continued up the main track and turned off by a cairn on to the Sgurr path. A Common Shrew scuttled along the path in front of us, Northern Eggar moths were shooting past, and we were dazzled by the numbers of Magpie moths over the moorland. As we gained height, we had increasingly panoramic views - to Muck, Coll and the Ardnamurchan peninsula one way, and the mainland, Skye and Rum the other, with the awesome prow of the Sgurr towering above us with its attendant Ravens.

A wonderful picnic site was found, and then four went up the Sgurr itself, while Pamela and I headed for the lochs. We didn't see the hoped-for divers, but did get views of two Golden Eagles which suddenly broke the skyline - we could actually see them from above as they glided along the clifftops.

Down the track again, and we had a little time to walk the Grulin track (which probably would have been had we done its full length) followed by an essential café stop before home - a long walking day, but what a superb day it had been.

1 July

Another bright start as we said our farewells and thanks to Marie for a wonderful stay. We went down to the quay with luggage after breakfast, and Davie dropped us off near the Lodge. From here we walked down to the caves at the south of the island via a lovely flower-rich grassland full of butterflies and Transparent Burnet moths.

The track led down steeply to the shore, where we walked along to the 'Massacre Cave' and then crawled in on hands and knees. Inside we found we could stand up quite comfortably, and gradually our eyes became accustomed to the dark. Les had done her homework and told us the gruesome story of the cave and clan warfare - hard to picture on this bright summer's day.

Back to the quay for coffee and cheesecake (important ballast for the sea-crossing) and then we loaded our bags on to the Shearwater as its 40 or so passengers disgorged on to the quay for their all-of-30-minute visit to Eigg.

To the south of Eigg we were noting with approval how calm it was, and a Golden Eagle soared over the Sgurr for us. But as we rounded the corner the sea got choppier, and we were soon bouncing and splashing our way across - just like on Robin's trips! A Puffin showed briefly, and feeding flocks of Kittiwake sadly didn't seem to point to feeding dolphins.

Landing on Rum at low tide is - interesting. The low tide slipway certainly lived up to its name, so much so that the boatman had to come with a bucket of sand to give us more grip. Then, because of the low tide, we couldn't get far enough in, so were faced either with a long drop to the quay, or, I kid you not, a climb down an ordinary house ladder held against the side of the boat. Pamela, nothing daunted, swung casually on to the ladder as if she did this every day - and then the rest of us followed.

Adrian from the castle was there to meet us with the Land Rover and took our gear up, while we walked the few hundred yards or so to our remarkable accommodation and its oak-panelled rooms (complete with cherubs in our case!). Next time we must remember to bring our own tea from Eigg for this occasion - the shop doesn't open till the evening!

After not-tea we set out along the shore of Loch Scresort. It was warm and sunny, and again brought out the Rum horseflies (which, as Les found out, can bite through trousers). We watched Treecreepers in the woods and a man on the beach somewhat bizarrely carrying a packet of Persil.

Back for dinner - after Les had come back from the shop with the necessary refreshment - and coffee amongst the stags' heads of the common room. Rum is renowned for its midges, and admittedly after supper there were one or two by the loch - but not the clouds that we might have expected. Greylags with goslings and Eiders with chicks were the evening entertainment.

2 July

It was overcast - the first cloud since the first day - as we set off up the trail signed 'Rum Cuillins'. Stonechats chacked as we climbed, and a Golden Eagle appeared hunting the ridge. Up to Coire Dubh and we stopped by a small dam and deer fence with superb views across to Skye. A Golden Eagle appeared, together with a Buzzard and then glided towards us giving excellent fly-past views at eye level..

We continued up across Coire Dubh and then on to a small col where we had lunch. Alpine flowers included Mossy Cyphel and Northern Rock Cress, while above us we saw a small band of Feral Goats - or possibly very large rabbits. Closer, a Red Deer hind suddenly appeared and bounded off down towards Loch Long. At this time mist was coming down over Barkeval, and so we decided to follow it down. It was quite a rough descent over trackless country, eventually going through longer and longer grass, and it was with some relief that we reached the road. On the way, we'd had good views of more deer, and seen both Common Lizard and Palmate Newts. Oh, and plenty of Muppets, according to Bea and Alice.

Although probably no more than seven miles, this was one of the hardest walks I can remember doing with a Travelling Naturalist group - and we were probably going further tomorrow! But a most exhilarating day amongst the wilderness of the Rum Cuillins.

3 July

We arose to the sight of a newborn foal taking its first tentative steps outside the dining room window.

We headed up the Dibidil trail, starting with a slow ascent up the ridge, enlivened by a Golden Eagle soaring up the hill behind. As the trail levelled out, Golden Plover were calling - we were to have splendid views of a pair further on. A small loch held a Red-throated Diver and the first diver chick that we'd seen.

Walking conditions were excellent - light cloud and a northerly breeze, and no biting insects! We had a coffee break with superb views across to Eigg, and further on found Lesser Butterfly Orchids by the trackside. After lunch Bea, Alice & Sheila continued on to Dibidil where they had great views of seabirds. I followed for a while but returned on hearing a blood-curdling banshee-like inhuman shrieking coming from one of the streams. It turned out to be Les going for a swim in a cold pool below a waterfall. We stopped there - a superb spot in the afternoon sunshine - and waited for the others to return before retracing our steps past the orchids, and finding Pale Butterwort and exciting (oh yes they were) Red Grouse droppings and an Emperor moth cocoon.

Back at Kinloch there was a surprising Carrion Crow on the shore along with the Hoodies, and a Merganser with chicks.

After supper we had arranged a castle tour, and were shown round this breathtaking building with many of its furnishings just as they were in its heyday as a shooting lodge and party venue. Watch out for its appearance on the forthcoming BBC 'Restoration' series - and let's remember to vote for it!

4 July

We set off in overcast, calm conditions to walk the 'nature trail' up Kinloch Glen and on to Kilmory. The trail itself was surprisingly 'birdy' with Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch, Siskin & Redpoll and mixed flocks of tits and warblers, the latter including a surprise flock of at least seven Long-tailed Tits, unusual on the islands.

Near Kilmory were masses of Red Deer - the hinds and fawns in the valley with a few impressive stags on the skyline above.

Some (well, Bea, Alice & Sheila again, it must be admitted!) continued to the shore, while the rest walked back for an early tea and a rest before the evening expedition.

It was sunny and clear on the tops as three of us set off at 9.30pm to climb into the Cuillins, but the sun had set down at Kinloch, and we never quite caught it up as we climbed. Having failed to persuade a local to guide us to the exact spot, I was a bit nervous about where we were heading, but he had shown us the right area vaguely on a map and that would have to do.

At around 11.30pm we were in place just below the ridge leading to Halleval trying to keep warm with hot coffee and as many layers as we could bring - Les had even brought a hot water bottle! It was still pretty light, though, and there was no sign of the shearwaters. The panorama across to Skye and the mainland was amazing I thought that midnight may be the time, but the witching hour came and went, and still no sign. At around 12.30am, as it was getting really dark, the first calls were heard, and the whoosh of wings over our heads. There followed an unforgettable hour of eerie calls all around us and close flypasts, and a torchlight view of a Manx peering out from its burrow.

Returning down a steep little-walked scree track in the dark with failing torches was hard and slow-going at first, but soon it was getting light again, and by the time we got past Coire Dubh we didn't need torches at all. A Red Grouse flushed from the slope was the first we'd actually seen all trip. Back to the castle in the dawn at 4 .00am, with Pipistrelles flying about (their roost was over the castle back door!), and an all-too-short sleep.

5 July

We made it to breakfast - just about - and had our bags packed and ready for the off. As we walked down to the quay, Pamela found a Dipper in the stream - the first I'd seen this week although she'd notched up several earlier.

We were soon on the ferry, and cruising round to Muck, then Eigg and then back to Mallaig. As well as more Manx Shearwaters, we had good views of Puffin, and saw a Great Skua.

I'd like to thank all those who made the trip such a success - Marie at Kildonnan, Adrian and the staff at Kinloch Castle, John Chester from the Scottish Wildlife Trust on Eigg, all at Scottish Natural Heritage on Rum who gave us helpful advice, and to the group for excellent company and plenty of laughs. And thanks to Robin Noble who devised the trip - it really makes an excellent week's holiday, Robin, and such a shame you didn't make it this time to do it in good weather for once!

Jamie McMillan

SPECIES LISTS

BIRDS

Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata Noted offshore both Rum & Eigg, with young noted on Rum

Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis Noted on ferry crossing, and from Dibidil track, Rum.

Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus Seen offshore each day on Eigg, and by a few in the Rum Cuillins overnight on 4th & 5th. Superb views of the rafts from both ferry trips.

Northern Gannet Sula bassana A few seen offshore from Eigg.

Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo One in the bay off Kildonnan House, Eigg, on 28th.

European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis Seen almost daily offshore.

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea A few seen almost daily on both islands.

Greylag Goose Anser anser A few seen almost daily on both islands. Regular flock of c30 in Kinloch Bay, Rum.

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Three off Kildonnan, Eigg, on 30th. Noted daily on Rum, with ducklings seen on 2nd.

Common Eider Somateria mollissima Widespread - seen daily offshore on both islands.

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator Seen off Kildonnan, Eigg, and in Kinloch Bay, Rum

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus A superb male seen by just two of us on the evening of 29th at Kildonnan House, Eigg.

Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus An imm female seen a couple of times around Kinloch Castle, Rum, on 4th.

Common Buzzard Buteo buteo Several noted on Eigg, but only one seen on 2nd above Kinloch, Rum.

Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos One seen around the Sgurr of Eigg on 30th, with a pair seen there from the ferry on 1st. Good views above Kinloch, Rum, on 2nd and from the Dibidil trail.

Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus Several noted on three days on Eigg.

Red Grouse Lagopus lagopus Droppings noted on Rum (exciting finds!) with one seen on the descent from the tops in the wee small hours of 5th.

Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus Widespread - seen daily on both islands.

(Northern) Lapwing Vanellus vanellus A few above Kildonnan on Eigg.

(European) Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria Widespread on Rum, with excellent views from the Dibidil track.

(Greater) Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula One in the bay at Kildonnan, Eigg, on 28th, with one at Kinloch Bay, Rum, on 4th.

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus One over Kinloch Castle, Rum on 4th.

Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Noted daily on both islands.

Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos Noted daily on both islands. Chicks seen near Kinloch Castle.

Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago Widespread. Noted daily on both islands. The drumming display a delightful feature of the evenings at Kildonnan.

Dunlin Calidris alpina Two flying past the ferry as we approached Eigg, 28th.

Great Skua Catharacta skua One from the ferry near Eigg, 5th.

Common (Mew) Gull Larus canus Widespread. Noted daily on both islands. Nesting on the shore at Kildonnan.

Herring Gull Larus argentatus Widespread. Noted daily on both islands.

Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus Widespread. Noted almost daily on both islands.

Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus Widespread. Noted daily on both islands.

(Black-legged) Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla Noted from the ferries and occasionally from the shore on both islands.

Common Tern Sterna hirundo Several around the quay on Eigg, 29th.

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea A few offshore at Kildonnan, Eigg, 30th. Seen from the ferry Rum-Mallaig, 5th.

Common Guillemot Uria aalge A few from the ferries and offshore from both islands.

Razorbill Alca torda A few from the ferries and offshore from both islands.

Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle Noted almost daily offshore from both islands.

(Atlantic) Puffin Fratercula arctica Seen briefly from the Shearwater, with better views from the Rum-Mallaig ferry, 5th.

(Common) Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus A few noted 29th, Eigg, and seen around Kinloch, Rum.

Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto One seen at Kildonnan House, Eigg on 28th as we arrived was the only record.

(Eurasian) Sky Lark Alauda arvensis Noted daily on Eigg, and on two days on Rum.

European Sand Martin Riparia riparia One on Eigg flying along the 'main' road above Kildonnan on 30th was an unusual record for the island.

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Noted daily on both islands, but much commoner on Eigg.

Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba yarrelli Noted daily on Eigg.

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea A pair noted on Eigg on a stream near the Lodge, 29th.

Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis Hereby rechristened 'Muppets' - very widespread and noted daily on both islands.

Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus Noted daily on Eigg.

White-throated Dipper Cinclus cinclus Elusive, but seen on three days (mostly by Pamela, who gets the putty Dipper-spotter medal) on Rum. Included one on the stream by Kinloch Castle seen by all on the way to the ferry quay, 5th.

(Winter) Wren Troglodytes troglodytes Widespread. Noted daily on both islands.

Hedge Accentor (Dunnock) Prunella modularis Only in woods along Loch Scresort, Rum, 1st.

Common Blackbird Turdus merula Noted almost daily on both islands.

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos Noted daily on both islands.

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus Not-a-baby-cuckoo birds seen on 28th & 29th on Eigg.

European Robin Erithacus rubecula Widespread. Noted daily on both islands.

Whinchat Saxicola rubetra Seen on both islands on a couple of days.

Common Stonechat Saxicola torquata Only on Rum, where seen daily on the moorland.

Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe Only on Eigg, where seen daily around Kildonnan House and elsewhere.

Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Singing birds at Cleadlae, Eigg on 229th and Loch Scresort, Rum, on 1st.

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus Widespread and noted daily on Eigg. Snoted a couple of days in new-growth woodland, Rum.

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Heard singing a couple of days at Kinloch Castle, Rum.

Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis Several noted across the centre of Eigg, 29th.

Goldcrest Regulus regulus Noted in the Eigg woodland, 29th, with a couple of records near Kinloch Castle, Rum.

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata One from the kitchen window, Kinloch Castle, Rum, 4th.

Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus A surprising record of a flock of at least 7, in the new-growth woodland up Kinloch Glen, Rum, 4th.

Coal Tit Parus ater Noted in the Eigg woodland, 29th, and daily near Kinloch Castle, Rum.

Great Tit Parus major Noted in the Eigg woodland, 29th, and on 4th in Kinloch Glen, Rum.

Blue Tit Parus caeruleus Noted in the Eigg woodland, 29th, and daily near Kinloch Castle, Rum.

Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris Noted a couple of days daily near Kinloch Castle, Rum.

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix Widespread. Noted daily on both islands.

Carrion Crow Corvus corone A single bird with the Hoodies on the shore at Kinloch Castle, Rum on 3rd was a surprise.

Common Raven Corvus corax Occasional birds, usually in pairs, noted on both island.

Common (European) Starling Sturnus vulgaris Seen 28th & 29th around Kildonnan, Eigg

Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs Noted daily on both islands.

European Greenfinch Carduelis chloris Noted almost daily on both islands.

(Eurasian) Siskin Carduelis spinus Noted a couple of days on both islands.

Lesser Redpoll Carduelis cabaret Noted a couple of days on both islands.

Twite Carduelis flavirostris Rather elusive. Seen at Cleadale, Eigg, 29th, and on the Dibidil track, Rum, 3rd.

Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula Noted near the school, Eigg, 29th and near Kinloch Castle, Rum on 3rd & 4th

MAMMALS

Eurasian Common Shrew Sorex araneus One along track to Sgurr, Eigg, 30th.

Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus Noted several evenings around Kinloch Castle, Rum.

Common Seal Phoca vitulina Noted several days offshore, both islands.

Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus A single bull seen in Mallaig harbour at both ends of the trip.

Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena A few off Kildonnan, Eigg on 28th, with several from the Rum-Mallaig ferry.

Red Deer Cervus elaphus Excellent views of both small groups of stags and large herds of hinds and calves, Rum.

Field (Short-tailed) Vole Microtus agrestis Two seen on the cliff track at Kildonnan, Eigg, 30th.

Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus Seen on the shore on a couple of occasions on both islands.

Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus Widespread on Eigg.

AMPHIBIANS

Palmate Newt Triturus helveticus Seen in a pool above Long Loch, Rum, 2nd.

Viviparous (Common) Lizard Lacerta vivipara Seen on Rum on a couple of occasions.

BUTTERFLIES

Green-veined white Artogeia napi Widespread on Eigg. Only noted on Rum by Loch Scresort, 1st.

Common blue Polyommatus icarus Noted each day on Eigg.

Red admiral Vanessa atalanta Apparently a good year for these. Noted three days on Eigg, where it seemed especially numerous around Kildonnan, and just once on Rum.

Painted lady Cynthia cardui Also a good year - noted three days on Eigg

Small tortoiseshell Aglais urticae Only on 29th on Eigg.

Dark green fritillary Mesoacidalia aglaja Seen around the cliff path, Kildonnan, Eigg on 29th & 30thbut never giving good views.

Small pearl-bordered fritillary Clossiana selene The odd small fritillary zooming around in the sunshine on Eigg was assumed to be this.

Meadow brown Maniola jurtina Noted Eigg on 1st, and Rum on 4th.

Small heath Coenonympha pamphilius Noted a couple of days on both islands.

Speckled wood Pararge aegeria Noted on both islands.

MOTHS

6-spot burnet Zygaena filipendulae Noted 29th & 30th on Eigg.

Transparent burnet Zygaena purpuralis Many seen on the grassy slopes above the 'Massacre Cave', Eigg, 1st.

Northern eggar Lasiocampa quercus callunae A few seen zooming across the moorland on both islands.

Drinker moth Philudoria potatoria Cater pillar seen on Eigg.

Emperor moth Saturnia pavonia Cocoon found on Rum

Yellow shell Camptogramma bilineata Noted on Eigg

Clouded border Lomaspilis marginata Noted in Kinloch Glen, Rum

Magpie moth Abraxas grossulariata Astonishing numbers seen on the moorland on Eigg, with lower but still impressive numbers on Rum.

Silver Y Autographa gamma Quite common on Eigg.

Straw Dot Rivula sericealis Noted in Kinloch Glen, Rum

DRAGONFLIES

Four-spotted Chaser Libellula quadrimaculata Noted three days on Eigg.

Common Hawker Aeshna juncea One in Kinloch Glen, Rum, 2nd.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii Noted almost daily on both islands - the commonest dragonfly of the week.

Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum Only seen on the boggy areas on Rum.

Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula Only seen on the boggy areas on Rum.

OTHER INSECTS

Violet Ground Beetle Carabus violaceus Noted in Kinloch Glen, Rum

Green Tiger Beetle Cicindela campestris Noted on both islands.

OTHER GROUPS

BLT Sandwichensis superbus Claimed frequently by Alice & Bea, but strangely not seen by others.

FLOWERS

(in no particular order)

Lesser Spearwort

Ivy-leaved Water Crowfoot

Northern Rock Cress

Water Mint

Common Butterwort

Pale Butterwort

Heath Milkwort

Lousewort

English Stonecrop

Water Avens

Burnet Rose

Tormentil

Yellow Pimpernel

Bog Pimpernel

Pignut

Ramsons

Primrose

Cuckoo Flower (Lady's Smock)

Germander Speedwell

Bird's Foot Trefoil

Kidney Vetch

Meadow Vetchling

Common Lady's Mantle

Alpine Lady's Mantle

Marsh Marigold

Wood Anemone

Tutsan

Wild Thyme

Pyramidal Bugle

Mountain Everlasting

Dog Violet

Marsh Violet

Heath Speedwell

Slender St. John's Wort

Wild Strawberry

Barren Strawberry

Wood Avens

Mountain Everlasting

Marsh Thistle

Mouse-ear Hawkweed

Red Rattle

Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia, Sheila tells us!)

Moss Campion

Ragged Robin

Mossy Cyphel

Starry Saxifrage

Valerian

Prostrate Juniper

Stone Bramble

Bog Bean

Roseroot

Sea Milkwort

Scurvy Grass

Devil's Bit Scabious

Pineapple Mayweed

Dog Rose

Lady's Bedstraw

Heath Bedstraw

Wood Sage

Cross-leaved Heath

Bell Heather

Ling

Bilberry

Common Centaury

Golden Rod

Scentless Mayweed

Thrift

Fairy Flax

Eyebright

Pondweed (Potamogeton spp)

Black Bog Rush

Cotton Grass

Viviparous Fescue

Northern Marsh Orchid

Heath Spotted Orchid

Greater Butterfly Orchid

Fragrant Orchid

Yellow Iris

Bog Asphodel

Bluebell

Maidenhair Spleenwort

Fir Tree Club Moss


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