I was very excited to get a text last night informing me that the Purple Saxifrage were in flower. I'd missed them last year, so was keen to see them this year. I rushed over to the Oa and walked down a burn where just a few flowers were in bloom. These early flowering, delightful little flowers are not found on many places on Islay, although they are not considered rare. I think they are one of the first saxifrages to bloom, and their bright petals are certainly a welcome sight at any time, but particularly on what must have been the warmest day of the year so far on Islay. What a treat!
This is a blog of natural history notes maintained and moderated by members of the management committee of the INHT: Fiona MacGillivray, Martin Armstrong, David Webster, Andrew Kent, Isobel Freeman, Bernard Hannett, Danielle Vessey and Alistair Hutchison, and our Centre Managers, Mandy and Gary.
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