Monday, 1 August 2011

Flora and Fauna at Ardnave, 1st August 2011

Our best bird list yet - thanks to Bob with his telescope and wader watching. Undoubtedly the highlight today was three Little Stint on the Loch, but we also accrued a great floral list and this beauty of a slug! Thanks to all again.

Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Gull, Redshank, Little Stint (3), Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Snipe, Mallard, Dunlin, Ringed Plover (and nest of four eggs), Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Hooded Crow, Chough, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Blackbird, Starling, Wheatear, Skylark, Linnet, Grey Heron, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Rock Dove

Xanthoria parietina (yellow), Physcia adscendens


Ancylus or Physa sp. (water snail), Arion ater (Black Slug - Brown/Orange form)

Blue-tailed Damselfly, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White

Purple Loosestrife, Mouse-ear sp., Forget-me-not sp., Common Milkwort, Water Cress, Marsh Lousewort, Wild Thyme, Self-heal, Meadow Buttercup, Lesser Spearwort, Lesser Burdock, Creeping Thistle, Spear Thistle, Marsh Marigold, Silverweed, White Clover, Red Clover, Daisy, Eyebright, Ragged Robin, Bog Pimpernel, Meadowsweet, Curled Dock, Yorkshire Fog, Perennial Rye Grass, Crested Dog's-tail, Foxtail, Common Spiked Rush, Jointed Rush, Bird's-foot Trefoil, Dove's-foot Cranesbill, Common Storksbill, Marsh Willowherb, Marsh Bedstraw, Lady's Bedstraw, Water Mint, Common Nettle, Bracken, Common Hawkbit, Marsh Horsetail, Grass of Parnassus, Fairy Flax, Yellow Rattle, Square-stalked St John's Wort, Sweet Vernal Grass, Knotted Pearlwort, Pignut, Tufted Vetch, Marsh Pennywort, Red Bartsia, Prickly Sow Thistle, Lesser Water-plantain, Harebell

Ringed Plover's Nest
Water Snail (Ancylus or Physa sp.)
Arion ater - Brown/Orange Form
While Bob is birdwatching, Sandra is closely examining a lichen!


  1. Ringed Plover nests are soo camouflaged! It's a round grey speckled thing amoung many round speckled things!

  2. Hi - Just wanted to say thanks to Becky for a really enjoyable nature ramble last week - we've just got home and found the photo on the blog!

    We had a bit of excitement on our last day on Islay, when we saw an adder on a walk on the Oa, from the American monument along the cliffs. I know they're probably not all that rare, but it was definitely exciting for me as I nearly trod on it in the grass!

    We had a great holiday and hope to be back to Islay, so may see you again.

    Carol and John