Assimilate

English or Great Sundew at Studland, Dorset
The English Sundew the largest of our 3 native sundews at Spur Bog, Studland.

With a preference for calcium rich soil, the underlying sand complete with the remains of millions of tiny seashells, allows the wetter areas of Spur Bog to provide the ideal conditions for our rarest carnivorous plant.

Round-leaved Sundew P1050434
Higher up in the drier areas the more common Round-leaved Sundew can be found. Close by in slightly damper conditions the third of our native Sundews – the Oblong-leaved Sundew. The exo-skeleton of some of the bogs former residents can just about be made out.
Lesser Bladderwort P1050428
Within the many pools Lesser Bladderwort can be found. Faced with the same lack of nutrients as the Sundews the Bladderwort has taken a similar approach. The tiny, silver bladders growing along the stems are the empty traps with the darker bladders each containing tiny aquatic insects in the process of being assimilated.
Immature, male Black-tailed Skimmer
An immature, male Black-tailed Skimmer one of the larger of the resident insects.
Greater Dodder at Studland Heath
An alternative method of acquiring nutrients being demonstrated by the candyfloss like stems of Greater Dodder. A true parasite with a preference for heather.