Seed Collecting Workshop
Organiser: BC Highland Branch
Date: Saturday August 26
Meeting place: Talla nan Ros, King Street, Kingussie PH21 1HP. This is a converted church now used as a community hall. Grid ref: NH 760006 (OS sheet 35 – Kingussie).
Description: The caterpillars of many butterflies and moths will only eat certain plants, known as “foodplants”. For example, Small Blue butterfly caterpillars will only eat Kidney-vetch and Northern Brown Argus caterpillars will only eat Rockrose. In order to increase the populations of some of our rare butterflies, we need to increase the number of foodplants. This can sometimes be achieved through appropriate habitat management but often the number of naturally-occurring foodplants needs to be bolstered by planting out more foodplants. It is important to use plants of local provenance whenever possible through collecting local seed, rather than buying from suppliers where the seed source is from a different part of the UK or even abroad.
This practical workshop will look at how to gather, store and propagate seed. We will meet at Talla nan Ros for an introduction before travelling out in shared cars to RSPB Insh Marshes and Newtonmore for seed collection. Then returning to Talla nan Ros for the rest of the workshop.
Approx. duration: 10am until approx. 5pm
What’s needed: Lunch and outdoor clothes.
Leader name: Anthony McCluskey
Leader contact details: Tel: 07730 221266 or 01786 459811
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