March 20, 2014 Flora and Fauna Camy Uneaten Beech Mast A lot of uneaten beech mast (seed) at Kirkmabreck. Probably an indication of the mild winter as in a cold winter this would be more likely to have been consumed by finches, great tit, squirrels, voles etc. Related Articles UK National Tree Seed Project (KEW) Posted On July 29, 2017 Collected birch seed this week on hills near Merrick path, for UK National Tree Seed Project (KEW). Involved a fair bit of stretching for Pete and Hugh Rust Fungi Puccinia lapsanae Posted On April 2, 2014 During the inaugural meeting of the Kirkcudbrightshire Botany Group on Saturday at Irongray, I spotted this `gall' on a young nipplewort leaf. Turns out to… Salix lapponum (Downy Willow) Posted On November 27, 2014 Preparing Salix lapponum (downy willow) trees for planting at nursery yesterday. This high altitude willow species is found in small numbers in the Galloway hills.