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Culbin Bar Kidney Vetch Survey 23rd July

Organiser: RSPB in conjunction with BC Highland Branch


Target Species:  Kidney Vetch (Foodplant of Small Blue Butterfly)


Date:  Sunday 23rd July


Time: 9am  


Meeting place: Forestry Commission car park at Cloddymoss. Grid ref: NH982599. 


Description:  A survey of Kidney vetch, the food plant of the Small Blue butterfly, on the remote Nairn Bar.  


The RSPB reserve at Culbin sands supports a small local population of the Small Blue butterfly. Kidney Vetch is the sole food plant of the larvae that live in the flower heads feeding on the developing anthers and seeds. The survey will establish the presence and locations of kidney vetch on Nairn Bar to help plan future habitat management work for the benefit of Small Blue butterfly.


Approx duration:  Up to 8 hours! Nairn bar is remote and cut off from the mainland during high tides. It will therefore not be possible to return to the mainland until 17:00.  


What’s needed:  Please bring lunch and enough food and water for a full day out and dress for the weather.


Any other information:   PLEASE NOTE: Although we have permission from FCS to drive through the forest to get close to the Bar, the walk out to and across the Bar will be about 10 miles on shingle, sand, wet and uneven ground and will involve crossing wide creeks. Participants must have a good level of fitness and mobility. The number of participants is limited to 8, due to transportation constraints, therefore advance booking with Izzy Morgan is essential.

There is the possibility of a second survey group working out of Kingsteps, which would not involve so much walking. So, if you are not so fit but would still like to help out, please contact Izzy.

Leader name:  Izzy Morgan (RSPB)

Leader contact details: email:  Isabel.morgan@rspb.org.uk

Telephone: 01463 228820

Read a report of this event here.







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