In the Mire

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.

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. This one was found shivering in the morning sunshine in an attempt to quickly warm up before continuing its journey north.
 Female Keeled Skimmer enjoying a spot of sunbathing.
Common Lousewort

Unfortunately no longer common since the majority of lowland bogs and mires were drained. Unusual in the fact that its evolved to become semi-parasitic 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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