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Barnyards Marsh



The marsh is a species-rich area of wetland plants dominated by sedges, the most abundant being the Lesser Pond Sedge (Carex acutiformis), which is more commonly found in East Anglia and up the East coast of England than in Eastern Scotland. Other sedges are Brown Sedge (Carex disticha), White Sedge (Carex curta) and Bottle Sedge (Carex rostrata). Altogether over 90 species of plant life have been listed. Rarer plants on the site include Northern marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza purpurella) and Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi), while Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) and Common Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) are abundant. In summer Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings nest alongside our more usual garden birds, and much of the plant variety is attractive to butterflies, including the Ringlet in early July. Snipe and Jack Snipe overwinter on the site, mostly in the rush dominated area to the North of the drainage ditch. A small pond has been dug. This has been colonized by the usual insect life, and has produced a healthy population of frogs over the last few years. Blue Tailed Damselflies have been observed but insect life has yet to be studied in depth. (Courtesy of Scottish Wildlife Trust.)

 More detailed information about Kilconquhar is available in the book 'Kilconquhar - A Hidden Gem' which can be ordered from Irene Wallace. 
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