Alex won find of the day with Tunbridge Filmy-fern, thriving in sizeable numbers amongst various cracks and crevices high up on the slopes.
Spot the botanist
In truth, it was hard to look in any direction and not pick out something interesting to stare at. Every tree was plastered from
Scapania gracilis (Western Earwort)
Rhytidiadelphus loreus (Little Shaggy-moss)
Plagiothecium undulatum (Waved Silk-moss)
Thuidium tamariscinum (Common Tamarisk-moss)
Racomitrium lanuginosum (Woolly Fringe-moss)
We pitched up for the night on Longaford Tor; Alex had bought along his trusty Vango Banshee but I'd decided earlier that day to bite the bullet and go with a lighter (and more exposed!) bivvy bag in order to save enough room to bring along the Mosses and Liverworts of Britain & Ireland. In the end it was a gamble that paid off. The frost was already setting over a spectacularly super-moonlit landscape as we scoffed down a wholesome supper consisting of a mix of baked beans & hummus, but that was about as cold as it was going to get. The clouds rolled in and temperatures rose a bit. Cracked open a couple of beers and took in the moorland vista. Not a bad way to spend a Friday night.