Broomrape, Butterfly Orchids and Barn Owls

In common with other species of Broomrape the roots penetrates the host’s tissue and draws nutrients from it. With no need for chlorophyll the Broomrape lacks green pigment and the leaves have been reduced to withered brown scales. Key features that help to separate Carrot Read More …

In the Mire

Despite its tiny size this unusual fungi is unmistakeable in the dark shady areas of Dorset’s mires and bogs. Feeding off the remains of mosses and algae the fruiting bodies emerge from the depths to be held just above the water.  This particular group was Read More …

Adder’s tongue and Early Spiders

Adder’s tongue fern growing amongst the downland at Durlston Country Park. Unusual amongst ferns in having just the 1 leaf blade that emerges between April and June Botfollowed by a spore stalk that is supposed to resemble an Adder’s tongue. On this occasion despite this Read More …