Records and recording
The BSBI joint recorders for Westerness are Ian Strachan and Ian Bonner. Ian Strachan is the first contact and lives near Roy Bridge. Ian Bonner lives on Anglesey (for which vc he is also joint recorder) but visits Ardnamurchan regularly. He is responsible in particular for Ardnamurchan, Sunart and Moidart, including hectads NM46, 47, 56, 57, 66, 67, 76, 77 and 86.
Former recorders for v.c. 97 include: Alfred Slack, John Raven, Derek Ratcliffe, Mary McCallum Webster (more to be added).
Records of plants are very welcome, including all flowering plants, ferns and stoneworts. BSBI has now adopted tetrads (2 x 2 km) as the minimum recording unit, but we both record at monad (1 km square) level, with more detailed GRs and notes for anything interesting or notable – the data can be easily aggregated (see maps near end), but not the other way! We hope others will do so too. It doesn’t necessarily mean doing a repeat list from each square within a tetrad – just note which km square each record is from.
A customised recording card is available but other cards can be used. A much shorter list (excluding coastal species) is available on request. Please mark cards clearly to help data entry, striking through the species name towards the BRC number. If possible 8 figure grid references should be provided for notable species – nationally or locally rare/scarce species, invasives, other species of conservation importance (e.g. BAP, TPP) – with notes on population size etc and identification where appropriate.
There is no flora or checklist available (yet!) for Westerness but the following publications cover parts of the vice-county:
Hadley, G. (ed.) (1985) A map flora of Mainland Inverness-shire. Botanical Society of Edinburgh & BSBI. [excludes Ardnamurchan, Morvern, Sunart & Ardgour]. Out of print.
Dobson, R. (1983) The Vascular Plants of Northern Ardnamurchan. (Reprinted from The Glasgow Naturalist, vol 20 pp 313-331). Plurabelle Books, Glasgow.