Wildflower enhancement project

Region:

Caithness

Project Description

The project involved three species of plants, which require slightly different approaches to assist them.  In all cases, volunteers will be encouraged to take part in the wildflower enhancement activity. 

Oyster plant seed were collected and stored over the winter to increase survival to the following spring, when they will be hand-sown at suitable sites at Noss, Keiss and Dunbeath. 

Kidney vetch seeds were collected and grown by a local nursery and then planted out at two sites by trained volunteers.  Kidney vetch is notable as food for small blue butterfly.

Scottish primrose was propagated but this species may benefit from the reduction of competing vegetation and this was tested with the help of volunteers.

Timescale:

Sep 07: Volunteers collected kidney vetch seeds. 

Jul 08: > 800 plants grown on in nursery. 

Sep 09: Oyster plant seed collected, stored over winter & hand-sown at 3 sites.  Scottish primrose seeds grown as plugs & planted out following ground prep.  Kidney vetch seeds grown on in local nursery & planted out. 

May 10: Interpretative panel installed.  Project complete.

Funder Information

The Highland Council

Highland Environment Forum

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