Outer Hebrides Biological Recording

Hebridean Naturalist Contents

Numbers 1-17 (1978-2017)

Volume 1 Numbers 1 & 2 - 1978

Preface S. Angus 3
Late News   3
Foreword Dr. John Morton Boyd 5
Editorial   8
Immigrations and extinctions: A Hebridean context Timothy Reed 11
The birds of North Rona and Sula Sgeir Peter G. H. Evans 21
The Stornoway woods W. A. J. Cunningham 37
Friend or foe? S. Angus 43
Winkles in the Uists Shelagh M. Smith 45
Redwing winter James Downie 51
Peat and its associated pleasures Janet Crummy 53
N.C.C. Coastal Survey   58
Oyster breakthrough in Uig   58
Duns Joanna Close-Brooks 59
Western Isles symposium   66
Airport extension S. Angus 67
Archaeology for the public?   70
A walk on North Uist Gerald Ponting 71
Eagle mobbed by buzzards Ena Smith 75
Nature Conservancy post for the Western Isles   76
Of lizards, hedgehogs and other new beasties.... S. Angus 77
Members' library   78
Biological recording in vice-county 110   79
Honorary membership   81
Book review   82
Instructions to authors   84

Number 3 - 1979

Editorial Gerald Ponting 2
Proceedings of the society   3
The work of the conservation authorities in the Western Isles of Scotland. 1. The Countryside Commission for Scotland Valerie M. Thom 5
Sticklebacks [Gasterosteus aculeatus (L) and Pungitius pungitius (L)] in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. R.N. Campbell 8
Former sea-level changes in the Scottish Hebrides. Alasdair G. Dawson 16
N.C.C. intertidal survey unit in the Outer Hebrides Gillian Bishop 23
A hare in its winter coat Margaret & Howard Chapman 26
The Natural Environment Research Council's Scottish coastal surveys R. Colin Welch 27
Childrens nature crossword   28
Some geometry associated with the standing stones of Callanish  G. Ronald Curtis 29
Letter to the editor of "rescue news”   41
Wintering waders on the coast of the Eye Peninsula, Lewis Nigel E. Buxton 42
The symposium on the natural environment of the Western Isles Alasdair Fraser 48
Plantations and birds in North Uist Timothy Reed 50
Coleoptera previously unrecorded from the Outer Hebrides. R. Colin Welch 54
St. Columba's of Ui F.G. Thompson 62
A walk along the seashore Janet Crummy 64
Diving by a great black-backed gull Nigel & Charlotte Buxton 66
Scottish fisheries bulletin no. 44 Stewart Angus 67
Constitution   68
Recent articles dealing with the Western Isles Stewart Angus 69
Notes for contributors   70
Society objects and membership   71
Solution to crossword   72

Number 4 - 1980

Editorial Janet  A. Crummy 2
Proceedings of the society   3
The status of the whooper swan in Lewis and Harris, Outer Hebrides W.A.J. Cunningham & Dr. Nigel E. Buxton 6
An evening jaunt Janet  A. Crummy 11
Thoughts on ecology F. G. Thompson 13
A lone ranger! Margaret Chapman 16
The status and ecology of voles Microtus agrestis (L.) in the Outer Hebrides Stewart Angus 17
The birds of 1979 Peter Cunningham 20
Beached bird survey Janet  A. Crummy 24
The biological gourmet   25
How strange a cycle: the early history of the isle of Rhum. J A. Love 28
Passive transport of animals S. Angus 33
Common shrew in the Outer Hebrides? S. Angus 33
Crossword    
The fish fauna of the inland waters of the Outer Hebrides Peter S. Maitland 36
The return of the sea eagle to Scotland John A. Love & Dr. Nigel E. Buxton 46
The work of the conservation authorities in the Western Isles of Scotland Dr. Nigel E. Buxton 49
Blue hare in Lewis Dr. Nigel E. Buxton & David C. Cook 53
Breeding Manx shearwaters Puffinus puffinus on Rhum Desmond B. A. Thompson & Patrick S. Thompson 54
Recent articles dealing with the Western Isles. Stewart Angus 66
Notes for contributors   67
Membership   69

Number 5 - 1981

Editorial Janet  A. Crummy 2
Proceedings of the society 1980   3
Recording of grey seals - can you help?   5
A guide to wildlife habitats in the Hebrides: 1 Saltmarshes. Dr. N. E. Buxton 6
Islands at risk   9
Birds of the Uists: - Waders Mr. L. M. Gardiner and Major D. Counsell 10
A seventeenth century coin hoard? Gerald and Margaret Ponting 11
The biological gourmet   13
Bird observations on St Kilda 9 January 1981 - 25 January 1981 J. J. Gordon 17
Flora of Uig (Lewis) Miss M. S. Campbell 22
A simplified geology of the Western Isles Graham Browne 23
Red-throated divers Gavia stellata on Rhum Peter B. Duncan 29
The mammals of Skye and its islands  B. Philp 33
Dalmore excavations Margaret & Gerald Ponting 39
The vegetation of gulleries on moorland in Lewis, Outer Hebrides Andrew Currie 41
A bird census in Lews Castle woodlands 1979 Timothy M. Reed 50
Vegetation on islands of West Loch Roag, Llewis Andrew Currie 41
The work of the conservation authorities in the Western Isles Frank Hamilton 59
Lewis - a historical summary Murdoch Macleod 62
Mute swans in Lewis Janet  A. Crummy 66
Archaeology in the Western Isles: an annotated list of some recent publications Gerald Ponting 67
A bibliography of the natural history of the Outer Hebrides Peter Cunningham 71
Erratum   74
Notes for contributors   75

Number 6 - 1982

Editorial Janet  A. Crummy 2
Proceedings of society   3
The life history and stranding of a white-sided dolphin A. N. Williams 6
The wintering gulls of the Stornoway area Dr. N. E. Buxton 12
Otters - a question of survival Jane Twelves & William C. Kinross 15
Two bronze items from the western isles Mary Harman 20
The work of the conservation authorities in the Western Isles
(4) Scottish Development Dept Ancient Monuments Branch
Dr. N. Fojut 22
A Scottish coin John Trevor 27
Fishermen’s superstition Madge Erskine-Black 28
The birds of the Outer Hebrides in 1981 Peter Cunningham 29
Hebridean peculiars Lt. Col. A. M. Macfarlane 32
First experience of bird ringing Martyn R. Buckley 33
The biological gourmet - crofter fayre   34
Butterflies in Lewis John Trevor 37
An expedition to Little Bernera Janet A. Crummy 38
A night on a bare mountain Major David Counsell 44
Hedgehogs in South Uist Eric Morton 46
Small petrel studies on North Rona John A. Love 48
A highland betrothal Madge Erskine-Black 54
A guide to wildlife habitats in the Hebrides: moorland Dr. N. E. Buxton 56
Notes for contributors   59

Number 7 - 1983

Editorial Janet  A. Crummy 1
Proceedings of 1982   3
The fungal explosion in Harris 1982 A.S. Halford-MacLeod 6
Seabird survey of the Western isles in 1977 W.R.P. Bourne & A. Currie 9
Long Island lagomorphs Stewart Angus 16
Biological gourmet   23
Convolvulus hawk-moth (Herese convolvuli) in Lewis John Trevor 24
A colony of cormorants at a fresh water Loch in North Uist Major David Counsell 25
A colony of rock doves in a ruined manor Major David Counsell 26
The Odonata of Western Isles R.V. Collier 27
Total eclipse Gerald & Margaret Ponting 37
Work of conservation authorities – National Trust D.S. Erskine 39
Garden bird feeding survey Martyn R. Buckley 43
Butterfly survey: a synopsis John Trevor 44
Coastal erosion and archaeology in Lewis and Harris Trevor G. Cowie 45
Berneray - Ensay trip Eric Shaw 59
Birds of Outer Hebrides 1982 Peter Cunningham 61
Review of Habitat Scotland’s publication “Machair under threat” Alastair Fraser 69
Steeds of Saint Michael Robert Beck 71
Monach Isles Major David Counsell 74
Notes to contributors   76

Number 8 - 1984

Editorial  Janet A. Crummy 1
Proceedings of 1983   3
The breeding wader populations on the machairs and blackland of the southern isles, Outer Hebrides N.E. Buxton, G.H. Green & D.R. Langslow 5
Wader ringing in the Outer Hebrides Dr N.E. Buxton 10
Gaelic plant lore Kenneth D. Smith 12
Hoverflies of the Western Isles Iain MacGowan 14
Birds and birdwatching on the Uists Major David Counsell 15
Convolvulus hawk-moth   19
Biological gourmet   21
A birdwatcher in Norfolk Rev. Frank Evans 22
Death sense and feeding in gulls Dr Frank W. Rennie 23
The isle of Raasay Ted Downing 24
Can you help? Dr Frank W. Rennie 31
Birds of the Outer Hebrides in 1983 Peter Cunningham 32
The work of the conservation authorities in the Western Isles. Hebridean Environmental Project Dr Frank W. Rennie 37
Visitors to the Toe Head Peninsula G.A. & V.H. Kennedy 39
Bird book review: Sutherland Birds Nigel E. Buxton 42
Red-throated divers in Harris   42
Record of the stranding of a newly born common porpoise Jane Twelves 44
Rum cuckoo clocks John A. Love 45
Butterfly survey 2nd year synopsis John Trevor 47
Greenshanks in Harris   48
Golden Eagles in Harris   48
Seal studies in the Outer Hebrides Bernie McConnell 49
Flora of Outer Hebrides project R.J. Pankhurst 56
Reconstructing prehistoric landscapes Gerald Ponting 57

Number 9 - 1987

Preface   2
Editorial Stewart Angus 3
Letter Janet Crummy 7
Proceedings of the society, 1984   9
North Rona in November 1986 Ray Collier 11
Geological Field trip to North Lewis  Paul H Cowan 12
Dolichopodidae and Syrphidae (Diptera) new to Lewis Iain MacGowan 14
Turtles in the Western Isles  Stewart Angus 16
Condition factors in brown trout (Salmo trutta) in Rhum D.B.A. Thompson and Richard Thompson 17
Requests for Information: Pearl Mussel Margaritifera margaritifera   23
Lost woodlands of the Western Isles  Stewart Angus 24
Outer Hebrides Bird report for 1984 Peter Cunningham 30
Black redstart on North Rona Frank Rennie 41
Outer Hebrides Bird Report for 1985 Peter Cunningham 42
Dolphin Lookout Dr P.H.G. Evans 48
Lewis butterfly survey – final year – 1984  John Trevor 49
The numbers and distribution of curlew in the Western Isles N.E. Buxton 51
Human and natural history of the Monach Isles R.E. Randall 56
Rocks and minerals from the Western Isles held in the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow Keith Nicholson  67
New Archaeological society   71
Archaeology in Lewis - recent research D.W. Harding 72

St Kilda in February 1987

Ray Colier

76

Recent publications and reports Stewart Angus 77

Notes for contributors

 

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Number 10 - 1990

Preface   2
Editorial Stewart Angus 3
The slaughter of selchis: notes on seal hunting in the Outer Hebrides Mary Bones 7
Grey squirrel in Lewis Janet Marshall 16
Mineral resources of the Western Isles. 1. Vermiculite Keith Nicholson 17
Mineral resources of the Western Isles. 2. Alkali feldspar Keith Nicholson 20
Member - Andrew Currie   31
Garden birds in Harris James Downie 32
History of corncrakes in the Outer Hebrides Donald John Munro 35
Orange-tips in South Uist Peter Cunningham 41
Beans Janet Marshall 42
Arctic skuas in the Sound of Harris Alison Johnson 43
Rabbits on Eilean Mor, Flannan Isles Stewart Angus 45
Blue hare sightings in Lewis and Harris David Maclennan 46
Possible aggressive flight behaviour by Fulmars on Hiort, St Kilda Stewart Angus 47
Outer Hebrides Bird Report for 1986 Peter Cunningham 48
Outer Hebrides Bird Report for 1987 Peter Cunningham 50
Outer Hebrides Bird Report for 1988 Peter Cunningham 57
Greenland White-fronted geese in the Outer Hebrides Peter Cunningham, D.A. Stroud & A.D. Fox 64
Feral Mink and polecat in the Western Isles, with notes on the pine marten Stewart Angus 69
Mink and otter scat analyses in the Outer Hebrides Annice Macdonald 73
Noteworthy vertebrate records Stewart Angus & Alison Johnson 83
The trigger fish (Balistes carolinensis) (Gmelin, 1789) in Scottish Waters Gordon Henderson 86
Beachcombing Andrew Johnson 88
Mountain spiders in the Outer Hebrides David Horsfield 90
Bats in the Western Isles David Maclennan 91
Back numbers of the Hebridean Naturalist   91
Prize-winning essay: The greatest threat to wild animals in Scotland Ross Mackenzie 92
Recent publications and reports Stewart Angus 93
Book reviews   98
Notes for contributors   103

Number 11 - 1993

Editorial

Stewart Angus

1

Editing the Hebridean Naturalist

Stewart Angus

3

The Harris seal cull 1966 to 1978

Tony Scherr

5

Lepidoptera from the Shiant Isles

Stewart Angus

9

Dead Minke Whale, Frobost/Askernish Beach, South Uist

Rosemary Quick

10

Cetaceans off west Lewis

Stewart Angus

11

Cetacean standings in Lewis and Harris in 1990 

Stewart Angus

13

The Garefowl or Great Auk (Pinguinnis impennis)

Mary Bones

15

The unusual geographic distribution of the plant-parasitic nematode Longidorus vineacola (Sturhan and Weischer, 1964)

Brian Boag

25

A distinguished visitor: a water rail

James Downie

29

“(Cuckoo) music hath charms” for meadow pipits?

James Downie

30

North Rona and Sula Sgeir NNR

Ray Collier

31

The discovery of a child burial of probably Viking-age date on Kneep headland, Lewis, 1991: preliminary report

Trevor G Cowie

32

Statistics relating to the Western Isles

Stewart Angus

36

The meaning and use of the word machair in Gaelic and English

Stewart Angus

41

The slug Arion ater albalatereralis on Mingulay in June 1991

Mary M Elliott

50

Goose Barnacles Lepas anatifera in Northton

Elizabeth Whitelaw

51

By-the-wind Sailors in Harris

Sarah Johnson, James Rice & Sam Rice

52

Curracag trip to St Kiida

James Rice

53

First recorded breeding of wood warblers in Western Isles

Robert D Wemyss

54

Black Storks in Lewis

Peter Cunningham

55

Amphibians in the Western Isles

Peter Cunningham

55

Greylag goose counts in the Uists from 1986 to 1991

Mary M Elliott

56

Ferret Problem in North Uist

James Boyle

61

The mires of Lewis

Colin Wells and Bryan Wheeler

62

Fox recorded from Harris

 

69

Wildlife notes from a fishing boat

Iain Angus Macaulay

70

Curracag outings 1990-91

Elizabeth Whitelaw, Martin Smith & Janet Marshall

71

The New Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland

Martin Smith

72

Hedgehogs in the Western Isles

Stewart Angus

73

Deaths Head Hawk Moth Acherontia atropos in Lewis

John Trevor

77

A mink control programme for Lewis and Harris

Stewart Angus

78

Review: The Hebrides: a natural history

Ronald Macdonald

85

Protection for freshwater mussel

 

86

Back numbers of the Hebridean Naturalist

 

86

Recent publications and reports

Stewart Angus

87

Notes for contributors

 

92

Number 12 - 1994

Editorial Stewart Angus 3
A visit to North Rona and Sula Sgeir Stuart Murray & John Love 5
Lost and found: a late Bronze Age sword hoard from South Uist re-united Trevor Cowie 9
A Bronze Age gold tore from the Minch Trevor Cowie 19
Adder’s-tongue Fern on North Rona and St Kilda Ray Collier 22
Notes on the lichen flora of Lewis and Harris Alan Fryday 23
Hebridean birds in ornithological fraud?   29
Lewis and Harris Bird Report for 1993 Peter Cunningham 30
St Kilda visitor numbers 1986-1993 Gail Churchill 32
Factors affecting the distribution of fresh water invertebrates in South Uist Stewart Angus 33
The stranding of a Basking Shark Cetorhinus maximus in South Uist, 1993 Bill Neill 42
A nest of the Norwegian Wasp Dolichovespula norwegica (Fab.), South Uist, 1993 Bill Neill 44
Lesser Yellowlegs - autumn 1992 Bob Wemyss 46
Cetacean strandings in the Western Isles in 1992 Mary Bones & David Maclennan 47
Cetacean strandings in the Western Isles in 1993 Mary Bones & David Maclennan 51
Observations of Risso’s Dolphins, June 1993 Jane Twelves, Eric Twelves & John Love 55
Stranded seal survey, autumn 1993 Mary Bones 56
Observation of a Grey Seal eating a Common Seal Jane Twelves & Bill Neill 58
St Kilda summer, 1993 Jim Vaughan & John Love 59
New fungus for Outer Hebrides? Peter Cunningham 65
A colourful forenoon visitor - a Scarlet Rosefinch Mary MacAskill 66
Ross’s Gull in Stornoway Harbour Bob Wemyss 68
Findings of Ocean Triggerfish (Balistes carolinensis) Jane &Eric Twelves 69
Minch Dipping James Hepburn 70
Curracag activities 1993-94 Martin Smith 72
Back numbers of the Hebridean Naturalist   73
Pipefish at Askernish Rosie Quick 74
Book reviews  John Love & Stewart Angus 75
The Watchers hut (poem)   82
Recent publications Stewart Angus 83
Notes for contributors   88

Number 13 - 2000

Editorial Andrew Stevenson  
Barra ferry dolphin sightings, 1994 John Alec Campbell, William Rusk & Mary Bones 1
Recurrent sightings of individually recognisable bottlenose dolphins in the Sound of Barra, Outer Hebrides Kate Grellier & Ben Wilson 4
Black rats Rattus rattus on the Shiant Islands –a  study of distribution and abundance David Maclennan, Johanne Ferguson & Nigel Buxton 7
The birds of the Shiants: 1995 John A. Love 18
The return of the red deer James MacLeod 22
The re-introduction of red deer to South Uist in August 1975 John Fletcher 23
A distinctive form of marsh orchid from Harris Murdo A. Macdonald 26
A study of the orchid Spiranthes romanzoffiana on the island of Barra  James Robarts 30
Cetacean strandings in the Western Isles in 1994 Mary Bones & David Maclennan 36
Further notes on the vegetation of North Rona, Western Isles Nigel E Buxton & David Maclennan 42
A second Ash Fraxinus excelsior in South Uist Stewart Angus 49
Grayling butterflies on Fuday, Barra John A. Love 50
A garden in South Uist Rosie Quick 51
Walrus in North Uist John A Love 52
Buff-breasted sandpipers and a pectoral sandpiper on North Uist Brian Rabbitts 53
An interesting guest in my garden - a water rail The late Mary Macaskill 54

Number 14 Special St Kilda Edition - 2004

SNH and St Kilda John A. Love 1
St Kilda seasons (1999-2001) Andy Robinson 7
The Lepidoptera of St Kilda John A. Love 22
Cetacean records from St Kilda Stuart Murray 28
Marine creatures of St Kilda John A. Love 34
Notes on the flora of St Kilda Mary Bones 37

Number 15 - 2006

A report on a visit to Haskeir Island, North Uist, 26th -28th June 2005 Nigel R. Winn 5
An experiment to investigate the effects of ploughing management on machair vegetation Nia Owen 12
Irish Lady’s Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana) - a visit from bees  James Robarts 19
The Birds of Mingulay and Berneray, 1994 John A. Love 22
Notes on the field mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) of Mingulay and Berneray, Western Isles Nigel E Buxton, & David Maclennan 25
Brief look at moths in the Uists - 2005 Steve Duffield 30
Frenzy of Orcas John A. Love 42
Three-spined sticklebacks in Uist - a trip to remember Susan M Coyle & James Canavan 43
The Birds of North Rona 13th-18th June 1998 John Love & Andrew Stevenson 47
Sperm Whale Stranding, Isle of Lewis Dr Kevin Robinson 54
Lizards - New to the Uists John A. Love 55

Number 16 - 2016

Foreword Professor Stewart Angus 2
Editorial Chris Johnson 3
Adventitious species - What are they? Chris Johnson 4
The mammals of the Inner and Outer Hebrides Lee Thickett 7
Embryonic Gannet colony, Barra Head, Berneray Miranda Forrest 11
First recovery of a foreign-ringed Dotterel for the UK Barry Barnacal 14
Some interesting salt-tolerant plants of roadsides in the Outer Hebrides Paul A. Smith 15
When is a worm not a worm? - When it's a shipworm Chris Johnson 24
Hirta Sheep David Buckland & Graham Charlesworth 29
Fulmar harvesting, St. Kilda - a historic account Transcribed by Ian R. Thompson 39
Morphological variation in Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix) on Berneray, Barra, Scotland Graham Charlesworth 44
Stop Press: Bell Heather found on Berneray Graham Charlesworth 53
Thoughts about Eilean an Ràna Simon Davies 55
The Hebridean Naturalist - Surviving the vicissitudes of fortune Christine Johnson 63
The coastal lochs of South Uist's south end, and their possible role in navigation Stewart Angus 69

Supplement 1: The Flora of St Kilda - Professor Michael John Crawley FRS - 2017

Summary   1
Introduction   2
A list of the plants found in the most characteristic habitats   5
An alphabetical list of the plants with habitat notes   25
Systematic list of the vascular plants   46
Distribution   50
Abundance   53
Discussion   54
Bibliography   56
Acknowledgements   58

Number 17 - 2017

Editorial Chris Johnson 2
Twenty years of wader ringing on Benbecula and South Uist Hugh Insley 3
Violet sea Snails Janthina janthina Jane Bowman 7
How does Hebridean crofting management affect Bumblebee (Bombus)  abundance and diversity in the machair? Buzzing about crofting practice Katie Morrison 10
The Emerald Damselfly Lestes sponsa in the Outer Hebrides Bill Neill 27
A Natural History of Uist Glazes Miranda Forrest 30
Two North American spring visitors to the outer Hebrides Brian Rabbitts 40
Anther smuts on Caryophyllaceae in the Outer Hebrides Paul A. Smith 45
Insect explorations in June Wendy Carter 48
Ophioglossum in the Uist Archipelago - Adder's-tongues in strange places Simon Davies 56
Loch Aird a'Mhuile: an anomalous loch in the west coast of South UIst Stewart Angus 63
Gooseberries, Jellies, Violets and a Bee Jon Noad 70
Out and about with my mate, Dave Simon Davies 75
Letters to the Editor
Feral Sheep on St Kilda
Dr Richard Luxmore 78

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