Outer Hebrides Biological Recording  Outer Hebrides Biological Recording
large red damselfly

Hebridean Spring Project

Featured Species


lesser celandine

Lesser Celandine

Shiny yellow flowers, 8-12 petals.
Glossy heart-shaped leaves

cuckoo flower

Lady’s Smock or Cuckoo Flower

Delicate, small, pale pink or mauve flowers with flour petals. Flowers arranged in a clusters on a slender stem

yellow flag iris

Yellow Flag Iris

Bright yellow, large flowers on tall stems.
Dense foliage of long narrow, pointed leaves




Distinctive long forked tail, cream underside, dark blue above with a dark red throat and forehead



Males have a distinctive black eye patch, black wings and a blue-grey back and crown. Females are much browner and lack the “bandit” eye-mask. Both have a distinctive white tail with a black T mark at the base, which is clearly visible in flight.



You don’t need to see it to record it!
Just listen for the “crex crex” call.



White-tailed Bumblebee

Bumblebee with a black body with two yellow bands on its body and a white ‘tail’.
Take a look at our bumblebee leaflet if you are unsure about the identification.


Green-veined White Butterfly

Look for the characteristic grey-green stripes along the veins on the underside of its wings.
Take a look at our butterflies leaflet if you are unsure about the identification.


Large Red Damselfly

It has a distinctive red abdomen with black markings. The females are less brightly coloured.
Take a look at our dragonflies and damselflies leaflet if you are unsure about the identification.