1st day of the Ben Nevis survey

Once upon a time there were 2 botanists, 8 mountaineers and a forecast with the end of hurricane Bertha who all went out to look for rare plants on the north face of Ben Nevis….

And we came back with results.  The best of the day was another area of Wavey meadow grass (now the 3rd known on the north face), new areas of Alpine mouse- ear and Alpine speedwell and lots of Russet sedge and Sibbaldia.

Myself, Mike and Ian made our way around the base of Carn Dearg buttress and towards South Castle gully looking at the mostly wet, grassy ledges where we found a very good patch of Alpine speedwell and 2 plants of Alpine mouse-ear.  I think through the day I got wetter by the waterfalls coming off the crags and the wind blowing the water back up the crags than from the rain.  But it was a very successful day by the team.

More photos on my facebook page.

This project is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund and The Highland Council.  It is also sponsored by Mammut.

Ian and Mike in South Castle gully

Ian and Mike in South Castle gully

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