Wednesday 24 June 2015

Next Sunday's walk at Killinallan - Orchids, Butterflies and other Dune Delights

After finding four different kinds of orchids on last Sunday's walk, we're sure to see even more when we head for Killinallan on the next INHT rAmble this coming Sunday 28th June at 2 pm. This side of Loch Gruinart is renowned for its variety of orchids and helleborines and is the area that a new orchid for Islay was recently found (see earlier blog). We'll also be looking out for butterflies and day-flying moths (such as the beautiful Cinnabar and 6-Spot Burnet moths) but these will very much depend on the weather - fingers crossed for a sunny day! Regardless of the weather there'll be plenty of wildflowers to see in the dunes, where the carpet of flowers is usually spectactular. We'll be meeting 3 miles up the east side of Loch Gruinart at the locked gate - basically, take the Killinallan turning off the B8017 and drive until you get to a locked gate across the track. The walk is just £4 per person or £10 per family (2 adults plus children), and £2 for members of the Islay Natural History Trust. Don't forget to wear stout footwear and dress for the weather; sorry no dogs. Hope to see you there!

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