A new site for the Nationally Scarce Melampyrum sylvaticum (Small Cow-wheat) has been found beside the River Arkaig in Westerness, only the second recent record. The habitat is described, tips on recognition are given and threats at this site are outlined.
I have been BSBI joint vice-county recorder for VC97 Westerness for 20 years. I worked for many years for SNH and JNCC and am currently a consultant ecologist, naturalist and writer. I have a strong interest in Scottish habitats, especially freshwaters, wetlands, uplands and coastal, as well as invertebrates of all kinds.