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I've also just see.. by fingalscave   (Show all posts)
lennyantonelli
2012-09-20 15:04:21
blasket botany
Hi all. As I've already mentioned to SImon and a few others, I'm going to be writing a piece on the Blaksets, based the Mountain Views trip, for the Irish Times travel section.

Foolishly I managed to leave my camera in Wicklore's car on the way out of Ventry, so all of my own evidence from the day is with him until I get to Dublin to collect it.

I was wondering if any observant MVers might be able to offer any of their own insights into any of the islands we visited — I'm particularly interested in any observations on the natural history and botany of the islands. What I've noted myself is that Inishnabro had a fascinating mix of bell heather and spongy sea pink (thrift), but beyond that my botany fails. Bernie took a great photo of this flora here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/berniesphotography/7993531331/in/photo stream

Do any botany enthusiasts recognise any species? Is that sea campion I see in the foreground?

Inis Tuaisceart of seemed to have a much more standard grassy terrain for west coast islands, due to the grazing there obviously, and I do recall lots of bell heather again.

Hoping to file copy tomorrow — if anyone would like to enlighten me with your observations, please do message me or email lenny.antonelli [at] gmail.com if you have the time. Thanks, Lenny.
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