Created 20-Feb-12
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The Keen of Hamar is an area of Serpentine Heath on Unst - the most northerly of the Shetland Islands. The habitat consists of frost shattered rocks so its a very arid place and plants growing there face further stresses from the exposure and high metal content of the rocks. Many of the plants are not especially rare - Kidney Vetch, Yellow Rattle and Northern Marsh Orchid for example - but they are either totally prostrate (creeping) or dwarfed (a fully flowering Marsh Orchid only 2cm tall!). There are a few real rarities there too - Shetland Mouse-ear, Northern Rock-cress and Arctic Sandwort for example. Well worth a visit!

Arctic Sandwort Arenaria norvegica

Arctic Sandwort Arenaria norvegica

Moss Campion

Moss Campion

Mountain everlasting Antennaria dioica

Mountain everlasting  Antennaria dioica

Northern Rock-cress Arabis petraea

Northern Rock-cress Arabis petraea

Northern Rock-cress Arabis petraea

Northern Rock-cress Arabis petraea

Shetland Mouse-ear Cerastium nigrescens

Shetland Mouse-ear Cerastium nigrescens

Shetland Mouse-ear Cerastium nigrescens

Shetland Mouse-ear Cerastium nigrescens

Shetland Mouse-ear Cerastium nigrescens

Shetland Mouse-ear Cerastium nigrescens

Frog Orchid Dactylorhiza viridis

Frog Orchid  Dactylorhiza viridis

Kidney Vetch Anthyllis vulneraria

Kidney Vetch Anthyllis vulneraria

Kidney Vetch Anthyllis vulneraria

Kidney Vetch Anthyllis vulneraria

Lesser Clubmoss

Lesser Clubmoss

Moonwort

Moonwort

Northern Marsh Orchid Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh Orchid  Dactylorhiza purpurella

Early Purple Orchid Orchis mascula

Early Purple Orchid Orchis mascula

Sea Campion

Sea Campion

Shetland Mouse-ear Cerastium nigrescens

Shetland Mouse-ear Cerastium nigrescens

St John's Wort

St John's Wort

Yellow Rattle

Yellow Rattle

Categories & Keywords
Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Plants
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Keen of Hamar, Serpentine Heath, Shetland, Unst