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10 Wee Bay (30.5.18)

Posted 30/5/2018


Not sure why it’s called the “Wee Bay”, as it’s actually quite large!  Take the bus to the entrance to Kilchattan Bay village or park on the grass parking area (GR NS098556).  The grassland surrounding this area is a riot of colour – red (Red Campion), blue (Bluebells, Ground Ivy, Germander Speedwell and Field Forget-me-not) and yellow (Creeping Buttercup and Sea Radish).  Garden escapes such as Star of Bethlehem (white) and Dame’s Violet add to this dazzling display.


Starting near the village, work northwards along the fringe of the beach for about 500 yards up to the footbridge over the Mill Burn.  Most of the species currently in flower in this area are listed below, and there’s also a list of some of the species that are as yet only showing their distinctive leaves.

Beyond the footbridge there are fewer species to be seen, the beach fringe being dominated by tall grasses or, in one section, the large Butterbur leaves.  But it still makes a very pleasant walk with new species to be spotted, either on the shore itself or after reaching the shorter grassland .

Species currently in flower include:

Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Broad-leaved Dock Rumex obtusifolius
Burnet Rose Rosa spinosissima
Cat's-ear Hypochaeris radicata
Common Bird's-foot-trefoil Lotus corniculatus
Common Nettle Urtica dioica
Common Valerian Valeriana officinalis
Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens
Curled Dock Rumex crispus
Daisy Bellis perennis
Dame's Violet Hesperis matronalis
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale agg.
Field Forget-me-not Myosotis arvensis
Germander Speedwell Veronica chamaedrys
Gorse Ulex europaeus
Green Alkanet Pentaglottis sempervivens
Ground Ivy Glechoma hederacea
Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna
Hemlock Water-dropwort Oenanthe crocata
Japanese Rose Rosa rugusa
Lyme Grass Leymus arenarius
Pignut Conopodium majus
Red Campion Silene dioica
Ribwort Plantain Plantago lanceolata
Sea Mayweed Tripleurospermum maritimum
Sea Radish Raphanus raphanistrum ssp maritimus
Silverweed Potentilla anserina
Star of Bethlehem Ornithogalum angustifolium
Sweet Cicely Myrrhis odorata


Not yet in flower:

Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg.
Cleavers Galium aparine
Common Hemp-nettle Galeopsis tetrahit agg.
Creeping Thistle Cirsium arvense
Hogweed Heracleum spondylium
Ivy Hedera helix
Japanese Knotweed Fallopia japonica
Marram Ammophila arenaria
Mugwort Artemisia vulgaris
Orache Atriplex spp
Orpine Sedum telephium
Osier Salix viminalis
Ragwort Senecio jacobaea
Soapwort Saponaria officinalis
Spear Thistle Cirsium vulgare
Yellow flag Iris pseudacorus