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Plants of Carrifran, Scottish Borders

Carrifran is at once a valley, a burn and an exciting wildwood project. The valley is tributary to Moffat Dale, in Dumfriesshire, and is the locus of a large-scale project to re-establish native woodland in an entire Borders valley, www.carrifran.org.uk Among species of interest to be found in the valley are Roseroot Sedum rosea, Mountain Sorrel Oxyria digyna and species of Ladys-Mantle Alchemilla that are all benefiting from the cessation of grazing. Plants of the possible hybrid between Creeping and Pale Forget-me-Nots Myosotis secunda and M. stolonifera have seen, which would be the 2nd British record, and the 1st in Scotland, if confirmed. A good track goes well up the valley. One fording of the burn is required but should provide no problems unless it is in spate. We will meet in Moffat at 10.30am (free parking, toilets, cafes), and double up on transport for the 8 miles or so up the Moffat Water. Meet at the Ram statue at the top end of Moffat High Street. Bring lunch, and be prepared for Scottish Borders weather.