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Ness Glen

Six members of the group visited Ness Glen on 19th November 2018. Starting from Loch Doon at The Roundhouse Cafe, we followed the upper Ness Glen path through very attractive native woodland where we saw pine, birch, beech, larch, hazel, Norway spruce (probably), oak, sycamore, ash and hemlock (distinctive for the two white stripes on the underside of its needles). The return took us along the dramatic lower path, closely following the River Doon. Here we added Alder, identifiable now that the leaves have gone by its distinctive purplish buds and the small `cones' which are in fact the died-out female catkins, and typically remain on the tree through winter. Surprising absentees included rowan and holly.

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