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Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

Fiddlehead of Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)
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Lothian Wildlife Information Centre Excursions 2008

The seven excursions organised by LWIC in 2008 focussed particularly on under-recorded sites. In some cases recording had been requested (e.g. by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage), in others, the habitats present on the site have previously received little attention from recorders (e.g. Eaglescairnie Farm).

Thanks go to the following recorders for taking part:
Keith Bland, David Chamberlain, Hugh Coventry, Lesley Fairweather, Susan Falconer, Alistair Graham, Liz Kungu, Peter Leach, Craig Macadam, Stuart MacPherson, Stuart Maxwell, Douglas McKean, Jackie Muscott, Betty Smith, Denis Smith, Eunice Smith, Alastair Sommerville, Jane Squirrell, Adrian Sumner and Barbara Sumner.


Brock Wood

Brock Wood - 19th April

Number of species records
663
Groups recorded
Vascular plants, mosses & liverworts, mammals, birds, moths, flies, molluscs, amphibians and woodlice.
Highlights
Woodland plants including moschatel and sanicle. An uncommon snail, Ashfordia granulata that is almost endemic to Britain.

Bogburn Flood Lagoons - 18th May

Number of species records
510
Groups recorded
Vascular plants, lichens, beetles, butterflies, moths, flies, true bugs, sawflies, stoneflies, alderflies and mites.
Highlights
The locally rare Grey Club-rush Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani.
Bogburn Flood Lagoons

Palmate newts at Harperrig Reservoir

Harperrig Reservoir and Torphin Quarry - 21st June

Number of species records
265
Groups recorded
Vascular plants, birds, mammals, amphibians, dragonflies, bees, moths and molluscs.
Highlights
An unusual assemblage of aquatic snails and newts at Torphin Quarry. A Sand Martin colony was discovered at Harperrig Reservoir as well as the locally rare Alternate Water-milfoil Myriophyllum alterniflorum.

Ravelston Woods - 2nd July

Number of species records
249
Groups recorded
Vascular plants, fungi, mosses & liverworts, mammals, birds, moths, beetles, flies, molluscs, mites and woodlice.
Highlights
A mite that has been very rarely recorded in Scotland, Epitrimerus trilobus.
Recording at Ravelston Woods

Linlithgow Loch

Linlithgow Loch - 20th July

Number of species records
187
Groups recorded
Vascular plants, mosses & liverworts, mammals, birds, bees, beetles, flies, true bugs, molluscs and woodlice.
Highlights
There are old records for the aquatic snail Valvata piscinalis from the loch. The continued survival of the species at the site was confirmed.

Roslin Glen - 16th August

Number of species records
417
Groups recorded
Vascular plants, mosses & liverworts, mammals, birds, bees, butterflies, moths, flies, ichneumon flies, sawflies, molluscs, millipedes, mites and woodlice.
Highlights
The locally scarce Comma Polygonia c-album and a barkfly that has only been recorded once before in the Lothians, Caecilius fuscopterus.
Comma butterfly in Roslin Glen

Golden scale fern Dryopteris assimilis

Eaglescairnie Farm - 21st September

Number of species records
590
Groups recorded
Vascular plants, fungi, birds, bees, butterflies, flies, dragonflies, molluscs and spiders.
Highlights
The locally rare Hoary Cinquefoil Potentilla argentea and the local Hedgehog Fungus Hydnum repandum.

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