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Mountain Walk, Perthshire – POSTPONED

July 18 : 10:00 am5:30 pm

£10.00
Ben Lawers and Loch TayAlpine Gentian Ben LawersBen Lawers rock ledge with Alpine forget-me-nots

Left: Ben Lawers and Loch Tay; Centre: Alpine Gentian Ben Lawers; Right: Ben Lawers rock ledge with Alpine forget-me-nots

Due to the coronavirus pandemic this meeting has had to be postponed until further notice. The PGG are trying to rearrange this year’s meetings for a similar date next year.

For more information contact Colin Carmichael, email scotland@pgg.org.uk.

PGG mountain walk, Ben Lawers, Perthshire !!EVENT FULL!!

Discover the arctic – alpines of Ben Lawers, Killin, Perthshire. NB. Numbers are limited to six, PGG members only.

Most of the Scottish Highlands are covered by poor acid soils which support very few plant species. However, the mountain of Ben Lawers (Gaelic -“the hoof”) by the side of Loch Tay in Perthshire is different, for its soils are less acidic, making it one of the best sites for alpine and arctic plants in Britain. Raising to 1,214m ( 3,984 ft ) it has been the required visiting for generations of botanists, ever since its flora was first documented by James Dickson in 1789. Ben Lawers is built of rocks which were originally sediments and then subjected to intense heat and pressure. The resulting schists are finely fragmented rocks which have a tendency to split on one plane.

The rocky ledges support some of the most interesting plants for the soils are rich in minerals. Here, nutrients are constantly added to as a result of soil movement and rock falls.

Here are a few of the plants that you should see: Roseroot, Sedum rosea, Purple saxifrage, Saxifraga oppositifolia, Alpine fleabane, Erigeron borealis, Ben Lawers dandelion, Taraxacum cymbifolium, Alpine forget-me-nots ( large numbers last year), Myosotis alpestris, Drooping saxifrage, Saxifraga cernua, Snow gentian, Gentiana nivalis, Alpine cinquefoil, Potentilla crantzii, and one of the classic arctic-alpine plants, Alpine mouse-ear, Cerastium alpinum.

The rocky ledges also support two species of willows, these trees never exceed 15cm (6in) in height, the Least willow, Salix herbacea, and attractive Net-leaved willow, Salix reticulata. The site is equally important for the ‘lower plants’ the lichens and mosses with around 500 species recorded, some found nowhere else in Britain. When not looking at our feet we may see Golden eagle, Ravens, Ptarmigan, Wheatear and the Mountain Ringlet Butterfly.

Numbers are limited to six, PGG members only. A reasonable level of fitness is required. Bring walking boots, warm, waterproof and windproof clothing. Although, it is the middle of summer the weather can prevent us getting high enough. Last year I had to turn back and week later it was sunshine all the way. So please allow for this if you are travelling from further a field.

Programme

10am – Meet at the Ben Lawers NNR car park.
10.20am – Set off for the summit.
1pm – Lunch, bring your own packed lunch.
4.30pm – Back to the car park.
5.30pm – Awa hame for tea.

Directions

The car park is 2 miles up a hill road off the A827 north of Loch Tay.
Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve, Killin
OS Ref: NN608377

Postcode/Satnav: FK21 8TY

Cost

Cost for day: £10.00 per person (donation to the National Trust for Scotland). NB. Numbers are limited to six, PGG members only.

Booking

Due to the coronavirus pandemic this meeting has had to be postponed until further notice. The PGG are trying to rearrange this year’s meetings for a similar date next year.

For more information contact Colin Carmichael, email scotland@pgg.org.uk.

Details

Date:
July 18
Time:
10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Cost:
£10.00
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Venue

Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve
Killin, FK21 8TY United Kingdom + Google Map

Organizer

Colin Carmichael
Email:
scotland@pgg.org.uk