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by Tristan
12 Nov 2014, 11:29
Forum: Fungi
Topic: Lilac fungus
Replies: 2
Views: 2746

Re: Lilac fungus

Thanks for the id, Chris, and thanks for the hint about photos.

I see it's got a great English name - Amethyst Deceiver.
by Tristan
11 Nov 2014, 19:37
Forum: Fungi
Topic: Lilac fungus
Replies: 2
Views: 2746

Lilac fungus

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I found this fungus growing in leaf litter in Stornoway Castle Grounds on 20 September. It was a distinctive greyish-lilac in colour. Can anyone suggest an id? Thanks.
by Tristan
10 Nov 2014, 21:19
Forum: Announcements and Events
Topic: Biological recording in Lewis and Harris
Replies: 0
Views: 921

Biological recording in Lewis and Harris

Are there any residents of Lewis and Harris who would be interested in recording wildlife locally? Outer Hebrides Biological Recording (OHBR) now has a local co-ordinator for these two islands (me) and I'd like to hear from anyone who'd like to contribute, as a prelude to organising some events. All...
by Tristan
17 May 2013, 10:13
Forum: Fungi
Topic: Brown thing - id please
Replies: 3
Views: 2698

Re: Brown thing - id please

Thanks Chris. I know of Nostoc as a partner in some lichens but I didn't realise it could also be such a large free-living structure.

Tristan
by Tristan
16 May 2013, 09:17
Forum: Plants and Flowers
Topic: Sphagnum fuscum
Replies: 3
Views: 2766

Re: Sphagnum fuscum

Thanks, Chris. I've a suspicion that some of the five previous records might involve the same information being entered more than once by different people, but anyway, they relate to just two 10 km squares. My three sightings (which include one of the BBS sites) were at altitudes of 105 m, 48 m and ...
by Tristan
15 May 2013, 08:35
Forum: Plants and Flowers
Topic: Sphagnum fuscum
Replies: 3
Views: 2766

Sphagnum fuscum

fuscum.jpg Attached is a photo of the moss Sphagnum fuscum that I took at the weekend. This species is found in undisturbed bogs and although it appears only to have been recorded in two 1 km squares in the Outer Hebrides in the past, I have recently found it at two new locations in the South Lochs...
by Tristan
15 May 2013, 07:58
Forum: Fungi
Topic: Brown thing - id please
Replies: 3
Views: 2698

Brown thing - id please

brown thing.jpg
I found the attached growing on bare peat out on the moor at the weekend. It looked pretty disgusting and had a fungal texture, so I'm guessing it belongs in this part of the forum. Any ideas on identification?

Thanks

Tristan
by Tristan
07 Jan 2013, 11:34
Forum: Latest Sightings
Topic: New Year Birding in Stornoway
Replies: 1
Views: 629

New Year Birding in Stornoway

Since Jan 1st I have been getting out and about in the Stornoway area to see what birds are around and to participate in the Patchwork Challenge ( http://patchworkchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ ), which involves recording species seen in a 3 sq km area (of any shape) throughout the year and then comparin...
by Tristan
16 Jun 2012, 11:24
Forum: Birds
Topic: Coal Tit - query
Replies: 4
Views: 1182

Re: Coal Tit - query

In addition to the places mentioned already, I have seen Coal Tits and Blue Tits at a few other locations on Lewis, from Tolsta in the north to Gravir in the south. Blue Tits are certainly less widespread than Coal Tits, but I have seen them at both Tolsta and Gravir; in fact, there was a pair recen...
by Tristan
08 Jun 2012, 14:53
Forum: Insects
Topic: Ctenicera cuprea
Replies: 1
Views: 1796

Ctenicera cuprea

Thanks to websites supplied by ChrisJohnson and MrT, I have been able to identify a striking beetle I've seen in two different coastal locations on Lewis over the past couple of days. It is long and narrow in shape, with a violet thorax, though looking black in dull light; the wing-cases are also vi...