I guess the main targets for our Scottish trip was the dragonflies, that we did very well with, but I have not seen a few of the northern orchids either so I was hoping for at least a couple of new species here too.
One of the speciality species, the Lesser Butterfly Orchid, I had seen a few times before, both in the UK and in France. In fact we did have a small site here in Sussex that held a few until the area became too dry and overgrown in recent years. On our first afternoon in the area of Loch Maree we stumbled across the first of many of these lovely delicate orchids. So subtle compared with the Greater Butterfly Orchid we get here in Southern England. The following day in the site further along the Loch we found many more Lesser Butterfly Orchids growing on the roadside.