2022 County Report for Wigtownshire

Michael Jeeves

I prepared a newsletter containing a summary of plant findings in 2021 and arranged for this to be posted on the BSBI’s VC74 web page. Having been contacted by several visitors to the area requesting advice on places to go to see plants, I also prepared an information sheet on this subject and that too will hopefully be put onto the web page.

I led two well attended guided walks at Port Logan Bay for the Southern Uplands Partnership and Logan Botanic Garden, to introduce people to the coastal flora of this beautiful area. A single specimen of Oysterplant Mertensia maritima was enjoyed by all, along with a large colony of Pyramidal Orchids Anacamptis pyramidalis.

Wood of Cree is a large RSPB nature reserve that straddles the boundary dividing VC73 and VC74. I produced an annotated checklist of vascular plants for the reserve to assist the site managers with their work.

I assisted with a project co-ordinated by Michael Philip on behalf of ivy authority Alison Rutherford by collecting specimens and taking photos of ivy plants in my area (Atlantic Ivy Hedera hibernica here). Alison is intending to publish an article on ivy identification in BSBI News.

A total of 1229 records for VC74 have been processed to date.