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On August 13th. (2011) Mary Clarkson led an excursion northwards along 'Dere Street' from Harestanes. It turned out to be particularly interesting around the battle site at Ancrum Moor (1545) where several scarse records were made.
The battle site may be identified by a grave and this amusing plaque (probably apocryphal).
A stand of Betony lies close to the grave : a scarse plant in Southern Scotland.
A male Red-tailed Bumblebee on Rose bay Willowherb
The Virgin Cuckoo Bumblebee and a Marmalade fly. This bee could be a first record for Scotland.
The first record for Roxburghshire of the Small Skipper butterfly.
Two further Small Skippers found on Betony. The stance and antennae leave no doubt to the identity.
Photographs: S. Crowther.
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This page was last updated on 14/12/11.