The Rob Roy Way 2013

Flora and fauna


I didn't have any expectations for the week ahead as one of the blogs I had read declared that there was a dearth of wildlife along the way. That might well have been due to the fact there were quite a few of them and the noise of their approach would travel ahead. One of the joys of walking on your own is that you often see a little more wildlife than expected. The highlight of the week of course was the two Pine Martens running up a forest track towards me - a rare enough occurrence in the wild, although they are often seen in back gardens at bird feeders. The bluebells were still giving a good display, always at their best in dappled glades beneath a canopy of trees. Plenty of birdlife along the way, but my compact camera doesn't have a good enough zoom on it to capture any in detail. All in all a good week to stand and stare occasionally, and as usual up in the Scottish plantations there were plenty of Cuckoo's calling to me.

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Squashed  Pine cones looked like Trilobite fossils

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Plenty of this trefoil growing next to or on the forest tracks

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plenty of mixed wild flowers in the verges as well

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Spindly coppiced woods near to Drymen

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No idea what this was - Cockchafer anyone?

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The star of the show - a poor shot of a Pine Marten as it bolts for the forest

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Plenty of Broom in flower, but it's a scruffy plant at best

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Much better is the fragrant Gorse bushes, apart from the needles of course

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apparently the original Highland Cattle were all black, so it was interesting seeing this beauty

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a well camouflaged toad - he didn't hop it though


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beautiful colour in the viola's

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railway track embankment flora

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Cranesbill looking healthy

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a nice herbaceous border at the Hotel near Grandtully

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Lots of Lady's Mantle around

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Close to Pitlochrie the Aquilegia is expanding into the countryside

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