Last Saturday we walked up Kirkton Glen.
The start of the walk is on a track through forestry which has mostly been felled. Between the trees, we had a view to the top of the Glen.
Soon after leaving the forestry track for the hill path I found a beetle which I didn't recognise. I later identified it as Carabus nitens, which is described as a very local species, and I am grateful to Jeanne Robinson who confirmed this ID.On this boulder and on many of the surrounding crags we found Saxifraga oppositifolia, Purple Saxifrage, in flower, though it was not as advanced as it had been 10 days earlier last year.
Distribution maps of ground beetles including Carabus nitens