Today we went up Gowan Hill beside Stirling Castle and did a bioblitz. We took a note of all the plant and wildlife species that we could see. There were five species of tree: willow, birch, hawthorn, elder and poplar. Attached to the trees were some interesting species of lichen. We found hypogymnia lichen and evernia lichen which indicate a nitrogen-sensitive environment. There was also flavoparmelia lichen which is an intermediate lichen and can be found in clean and polluted conditions. In addition, today we also found gorse, brambles, green algae and ferns. We saw a magpie and a red kite flying in the distance.
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