Today saw the start of the second phase of the Botanical and Geological survey of the north face of Ben Nevis or BGNFBN for short, running for another 5 days with the final week next year in August.
Myself Al and Gordon went back to near where we surveyed last year on the west side of Ledge Route towards the Castle gullies area. Along the way we saw the common but stunning globe flower and lots of Sibbaldia, a nationally rare species but increasingly common on Ben Nevis now that we are looking.
On the flanks of Ledge route we found new areas of Alpine Speedwell and Arctic mouse ear which we recorded. Along with the most unobtrusive and plain moss that is one of the rarest plants in the world, but relatively common throughout the west coast of Scotland, whose name is beyond both my Latin language skills and memory.
We then had a look round the corrie rim towards castle ridge where we found Arctic stitch-wort.
A good start to the week and only a few hours of torrential rain and thunder to liven things up a bit!
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