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Excursion reports 2018

11 excursions were organised in 2018, the majority to proposed Local Biodiversity Sites (pLBS). 46 different individuals attended the outings, collectively contributing 88 field work hours to TWIC. Thank you to everyone who attended, especially the following who led outings for TWIC in 2018: Gary Hovell (LARG), Sarah Eno, Michael Scott, David Chamberlain, Douglas McKean (Edinburgh Natural History Society) and David Long (Borders Bryophyte group). Thanks also to the landowners and land managers who gave us permission to access their sites.



Pottishaw Road Ponds - West Lothian, Fri 4 - Sat 5 May 2018 (NS971661)

This was a joint meeting with the Lothian Amphibian and Reptile Group (LARG). An album of photographs from the outing can be found on LARG's Facebook page

Leader
Gary Hovell, Lothians Amphibian and Reptile Group (LARG)
Number of species records
Pending
Groups recorded
Pending
Highlights
Pending

Mute Swans. Photograph courtesy of LARG.


Male Palmate Newts (Lissotriton helveticus). Photograph courtesy of LARG.

Mavisbank - Midlothian, Sat 12 - Sun 13 May 2018 (NT291653)

This was a joint meeting with the Lothian Amphibian and Reptile Group (LARG). An album of photographs from the outing can be found on LARG's Facebook page

Leader
Gary Hovell, Lothians Amphibian and Reptile Group (LARG)
Number of species records
Pending
Groups recorded
Pending
Highlights
Pending.

Springfield Mill and the Maiden Castle - Midlothian, Sun 3 June 2018 (NT287644)

This was a joint meeting with the Edinburgh Natural History Society (ENHS).

Leader
Graeme Wilson (TWIC)
Number of species records
Pending
Groups recorded
Pending
Highlights
Pending.

Garden Bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) on Ox-eye Daisy. Photo by David Palmar (from another site).


A plant gall (Aceria cephalonea) on Sycamore. Photograph courtesy of Graeme Wilson.

Killearn Glen - Stirling, Sat 23 June 2018 (NS522853)

Leader
Natalie Harmsworth
Number of species records
Pending
Groups recorded
Pending
Highlights
Pending.

Bowden Hill - West Lothian, Sat 30 June 2018 (NS976744)

Leader
David Chamberlain and Natalie Harmsworth
Number of species records
Pending
Groups recorded
Pending
Highlights
Pending

Garden Tiger Moth (Arctia caja). Photograph courtesy of Sarah Eno.


A Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens). Photograph courtesy of Jay MacKinnon

Bush Estate and Glencorse Burn - Midlothian, Saturday 7 July 2018 (NT247636)

This was a joint meeting with the Edinburgh Natural History Society (ENHS).

Leader
Douglas McKean
Number of species records
Pending
Groups recorded
Pending
Highlights
Pending.

Kippen Common - Stirling, Sunday 8 July 2018 (NS652942)

Leader
Natalie Harmsworth
Number of species records
Pending
Groups recorded
Vascular plants, birds, galls
Highlights
Pending

Livia juncorum causes this gall to form on sharp-flowered rush (Juncus acutiflorus). Photo: Natalie Harmsworth.


Marsh Woundwort (Stachys palustris). Photograph courtesy of Mike Beard (from another site).

Water of Leith - Bonnington to Victoria Bridge - Edinburgh, Wed 1 August 2018 (NT266764)

This was an evening outing and joint with the Botanical Society of Scotland.

Leader
Natalie Harmsworth
Number of species records
Pending
Groups recorded
Pending
Highlights
Pending

Gamescleugh meadows - Scottish Borders, Sun 5 August 2018 (NT278143)

Leader
Sarah Eno
Number of species records
Pending
Groups recorded
Vascular plants. pending
Highlights
Pending

The Dark Marbled Beauty - A master of camouflage! Photograph courtesy of Jackie Stewart.


Recording in Braidley Burn ravine. Photograph courtesy of David Long.

Braidley Burn - Scottish Borders, Sun 26 August 2018 (NY472974)

This was a joint with the Scottish Borders Bryophyte group.

Leader
David Long (Scottish Borders Bryophyte Group)
Number of species records
Pending
Groups recorded
Bryophytes, vascular plants.
Highlights
Bryophytes (comments from David Long): Probably the best find of the day was Oxystegus (Trichostomum) tenuirostre, which is a new vice-county record for Roxburghshire (vc 80). The other record of interest was Ulota intermedia which was on ash twigs shortly before we reached the ravine. It is one of the segregates of Ulota crispa which have recently been distinguished in Britain (see Blockeel in Field Bryology 117: 8-19, 2017). U. intermedia was known so far in the Scottish Borders only from the Black Burn near Newcastleton, so this is only the second record for the Borders and vc 80. It seems to be more oceanic than the true Ulota crispa which is probably the common one in the eastern Borders.

Heron Hill and Mosshills Loch - Scottish Borders, Sat 25 August 2018 (NT515144)

Leader
Michael Scott
Number of species records
Pending
Groups recorded
Vascular plants. pending
Highlights
Pending

Mosshills Loch. Photograph courtesy of Michael Scott.

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