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A botanical outing to the Muckle Thairn, June 18th, 2011

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Examining the alkaline lava beds known as the 'Kelso traps'
Calcicoles of dry grassland such as the rare Annual Knawel Scleranthus annuus and the common Thyme Thymus polytrichus were often found.
The search was most productive along the bottom of the escarpment.
The tiny but pretty Field Madder Sherardia arvensis was new to several of the party.
To fishermen the Green Drake Ephemera danica, a may fly, is well known. This one, near the Eden Water, has newly emerged from the skin of the subimago beside it.
Photographs: N. Crowther.
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