The vice-county of Lanarkshire is large, encompassing the current political entities of South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, a large portion of the City of Glasgow and part of East Dunbartonshire. In total, this area involves 661 tetrads (2,459 sq. km).
The landscape has remote hills and high moorland in the south, upland and fertile lowland farm country, areas of former mining development (whose spoil-heaps, or ‘bings’ as they are locally called, provide much botanical interest), and the extensive urban sprawl of greater Glasgow.
Essentially it is all about the Clyde, formed from streams in the Lowther Hills, meandering across farmland from Biggar to Carstairs, plunging over the spectacular Falls of Clyde at Lanark, developing grandeur along the Clyde Valley, and becoming one of Scotland’s most celebrated and historic rivers through the centre of Glasgow. Along this major watercourse, many tributaries emerge from steep-sided valleys and gorges, which offer both challenges and rewards to the botanist.
After a high level of recording activity in 2017, we are well-placed to provide a thorough record for Atlas 2020.
Our priorities remain as before: first, to re-survey the City of Glasgow and try to ‘re-find’ as much as possible from the very substantial lists of plants recorded in the publication ‘The Changing Flora of Glasgow’ (Dickson, Macpherson, Watson, et.al., Edinburgh University Press, 2000); and second, to explore around 200 tetrads, mainly in the south and east of the vice-county, where no records hitherto exist.
Fortunately, we have a team of keen botanists who have accepted these challenges, but we also warmly invite members from elsewhere in the UK to participate.
A full programme of meetings and outings is planned for 2018.
Full details are available from Michael Philip.
Records of plants are welcome (at 1 km or 2 km square resolution, and higher, preferably 8-figure GR, for uncommon species) plus any notes, images and queries regarding these.
vc77 summary 2017
We have gathered and uploaded over 15,000 records from 240 monads, including over 800 taxa.
Almost half of our 35 hectads have reached Atlas 2020 data targets, and many others are poised to do so.
In addition to fieldwork, we are gathering photographs taken in Lanarkshire for a new web project aimed at helping local botanists with identification.
We have an occasional newsletter with up-to-date news from across the vice-county. If anyone would like a copy of the current newsletter or the field programme for the coming months, please email me and ask for it!
And if you're ever in our part of the world, please lend us some of your time and assistance. There's always something going on!
Michael Philip January 2018