Two remarkable finds new to vc97 Westerness were made at Corrour this year. Baldellia ranunculoides (Lesser Water-plantain) subsp. repens was discovered flowering widely in Loch Ossian, Loch Guilbin and the River Ossian, whilst Illecebrum verticillatum (Coral Necklace) was found in huge abundance in the drawdown zone of Loch Treig. The significance of these new finds and possible explanations for them are considered.
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.