In the Mire

Beacon of the Bog

Beacon of the Bog

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 found adjacent to DWT’s Kilwood Nature Reserve at Norden Heath.

The appropriately named Round-leaved Sundew.

The appropriately named Round-leaved Sundew.

​Also plenty of Oblong-leaved and Great Sundew in the wetter areas. With the water level being unusually high on this occasion I decided against venturing out for a closer look. 

Silver Y moth - probably the most common of our summer visiting moths.

Silver Y moth – probably the most common of our summer visiting moths.

Found shivering in the morning sunshine – an attempt to quickly warm up before continuing its journey north.

 Female Keeled Skimmer enjoying a spot of sunbathing.

Female Keeled Skimmer enjoying a spot of sunbathing.

Common Lousewort

Common Lousewort

Unfortunately since the majority of lowland bogs were drained no longer common . Unusual in the fact that its evolved to become semi-parasitic with it obtaining nutrients from the roots of nearby plants. A more subtle approach to life in the nutrient poor bogs than the insectivorous behaviour of the Sundews.

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