S: Asplenium septentrionale monitoring
April 1 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fatlips Castle, in Roxburghshire, in the Scottish Borders at the top of Minto Crags. (NB: despite the date, this is not a joke!)
Meeting point is the car park beneath Fatlips Castle, which is accessed via a dirt track road from the single track road leading from Ancrum to Denholm (NT 585 207).
Please bring a packed lunch and drinks as there are no shops or cafes nearby.
From the car park we will follow a path that leads to the castle. The track can be slippery when wet and is relatively steep in places. The known Asplenium septentrionale site is near the castle and accessible directly from the track. I have managed to get from the car to the ferns and back in 30 minutes, but we will take a more leisurely approach.
There are a couple of additional areas that I would like to explore while we are there, because there are two south facing crags that I have not been to and it would be good to check if we can find anymore A. septentrionale plants there. Current records are for only two plants, which I have seen on a couple of occasions, but there are historic records of over a hundred plants and I am wondering if there is another site at this location where the other plants are. It may be advisable to bring binoculars in case we cannot get close to the other crags, so that we can at least check out the site from a distance.