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Re: Loch lochy munros

There was a reasonably large parking area for walkers when I was there in August. Would easily have taken 10 cars, probably more. They had left some machinery and aggregate there though so the number of spaces may be variable.
by stirlingdavo
Sat Dec 30, 2023 12:36 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Loch lochy munros
Replies: 8
Views: 2822

Re: A Fassfern duo

Not done these two yet so your route will come in handy thanks. I might wait for a drier spell though......

The snake is a Slow worm, there's nae Grass Snakes in Scotland (well not this far north anyway).
by stirlingdavo
Tue Oct 31, 2023 11:41 pm
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: A Fassfern duo
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: Carnivorous plants in October?

There are Scottish records and photos for both drosera and pinguicula on iRecord from October last year. Might be past their best and on the wane but you should have a chance of seeing them.
by stirlingdavo
Fri Sep 22, 2023 10:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Carnivorous plants in October?
Replies: 5
Views: 529

Found - Fitbit on Skye beach

Found a fitbit on 5th September on Claigan Coral beach on Skye (NG2255).

If it's yours get in touch and we can arrange recovery.
by stirlingdavo
Wed Sep 20, 2023 4:44 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Found - Fitbit on Skye beach
Replies: 0
Views: 383

Re: Dog Hill Etiquette.

Apparently if you use de-worming medicine and/or flea/tick medicine, some of the chemicals come out in the poo and can have adverse effects on the ecosystem. A very good point. Also dogs swimming in water bodies like ponds and rivers have similarly been linked to negative effects on water quality a...
by stirlingdavo
Tue Aug 29, 2023 1:09 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dog Hill Etiquette.
Replies: 41
Views: 7038

Re: campsites ban?

If you use the ukcampsite website then you can search by map for the area you wish to visit and filter the results for those which take tents. Then click through to the relevant campsite website to make a booking.
by stirlingdavo
Wed Jul 19, 2023 8:50 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: campsites ban?
Replies: 8
Views: 1274

Re: Skye - Potholes

Given that their construction costs also inflate their carbon footprint for the first few years of their existence, there's probably a case to be made for their owners paying a higher road tax than currently and for some of that cash to be spent on potholes. Not true: https://www.tiresplus.com/blog...
by stirlingdavo
Thu Apr 27, 2023 12:10 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Skye - Potholes
Replies: 63
Views: 7410

Re: Of Map Accuracy and Natural Phlebotomy

I don't know if this has been the case here, but often power companies will be permitted to install a new track when upgrading powerlines on the proviso that the track is restored to its previous 'natural' state when they are finished.
by stirlingdavo
Mon Mar 13, 2023 10:25 pm
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: Of Map Accuracy and Natural Phlebotomy
Replies: 3
Views: 875

Re: Help with plant ID

Hi Jmarkb,

This is Greater Wood-rush - Luzula sylvatica. Also commonly found in lowland and upland woodlands, particularly beside burns and streams.

by stirlingdavo
Thu Mar 02, 2023 11:56 pm
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Help with plant ID
Replies: 3
Views: 809

Re: New Grahams!!!

Clearly this change has been some time in the making and a lot of effort and thought has gone into it. A shame that it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I find it particularly odd that the Grahams list is now defined by a different criteria than those used by the person who they are named for......
by stirlingdavo
Mon Nov 21, 2022 11:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New Grahams!!!
Replies: 202
Views: 25123

Re: Deer Ked countermeasures

But the big question is this: were Deer Keds always this bad or have they got worse over the last couple of years? Is there an explosion in numbers and is it related to climate change? They are certainly just as horrible as midges and clegs, though in a different way, but you don't see any informat...
by stirlingdavo
Tue Oct 04, 2022 7:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Deer Ked countermeasures
Replies: 32
Views: 4432

Re: Fear of heights

Hi Lorna, I suffer from something very similar to what you describe. What I have realised over the years is that whilst the anxiety/feeling of dread is triggered by something (perhaps the visual thing mentioned by jmarkb), it's mostly just in my head and it can be eased by certain things. Having com...
by stirlingdavo
Mon Sep 26, 2022 11:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Fear of heights
Replies: 35
Views: 4724

Re: Type of Bee?

It's a type of fly called Tachina grossa

They are parasites of various species of large furry caterpillars that you see on the hills such as Fox moth

by stirlingdavo
Mon Aug 22, 2022 10:47 pm
Forum: Wildlife sightings
Topic: Type of Bee?
Replies: 1
Views: 1306

Re: 30 Years On

Where did all the hares go? What happened to them all? Mountain hare populations naturally fluctuate, something akin to 'boom and bust'. Maybe 30 years ago was peak hare and they're now at the bottom of the cycle? https://www.mammal.org.uk/species-hub/full-species-hub/discover-mammals/species-mount...
by stirlingdavo
Mon Aug 22, 2022 10:43 pm
Forum: Walk reports - Scotland
Topic: 30 Years On
Replies: 5
Views: 1426

Re: Stob a' Choin Footbridge

From bitter experience I can say that following the Allt Sgionie to the forest edge is not much fun! There is a deer fence with a stile to access the open hill but between the forest track and the fence is nothing but thick spruce and mud. This was a few years ago now but unless the forest has been ...
by stirlingdavo
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stob a' Choin Footbridge
Replies: 9
Views: 1901

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