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S: Lycophytes on Shotts Bing
July 4, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bings in central Scotland are of course the spoil heaps from shale mining. Some have been maintained because botanists discovered that they have been colonized by interesting plants.
At Shotts Bing, about halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, we should find Diphasiastrum alpinum and Lycopodium clavatum, as well as Botrychium (lunaria or nordicum?) and horsetails. There are other larger ferns in the area.
Meet at 11am. The site is at an elevation of about 236 m, and quite exposed. If it is at all windy it will be cold, so we’ll need to have plenty of warm clothes.
To get there leave the M8 at Junction 5 and head south on the B7057. After about 1 mile, turn right on to Calderhead Road and park at NS 8756 6180.
Bring a packed lunch, or stop at a café in Shotts.
Leader: Liza Downie