2022 County Report for Kintyre

Dave and Pat Batty

It was a quiet year for recording as Dave was recovering from a hip operation.  Two notable refinds were a large colony of Circaea alpina (Alpine Enchanter’s-nightshade), the first record since 1973, and Pyrola media (Intermediate Wintergreen), the first record since 1971.  With the rare plant scheme some species, e.g., Carex magellanica  (Tall Bog-sedge),last seen 1990, and C. diandra (Lesser Tussock-sedge) were refound, but other species could not be relocated. The colony of Ophrys apifera (Bee Orchid) near Campbeltown had a good year with 200+ flowering spikes seen.

Pat had her 20+ year work on Cephalanthera longifolia (Narrow-leaved Helleborine) published in 2022.

Batty,P. (2022) Long-term study of the Sword-leaved Helleborine Cephalanthera longifolia (Orchidacea) in Knapdale Argyll.  British & Irish Botany 4(2)