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 …

Bluebells, Bucklers and Bird’s Nests

Entrance to the woodland that makes up the majority of the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kilwood Nature Reserve at East Creech. Dominated by formerly coppiced Hazel and Oak its one of those areas that never disappoints. After walking along the sun-baked ridge of the Purbeck Hills 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 …

Rockin n Reelin

Originally I was hoping to post this update a few weeks ago but 15 days wandering around Dorset and Oxfordshire without a reliable internet connection put paid to that idea. Better late than never. Several years ago the sound of the Grasshopper Warbler reeling away Read More …

Bring me Sunshine

Hmmmm……. difficult to top a Pallid Harrier but few better places to be than the Trough of Bowland on a glorious day in Spring. Even the Chaffinches look superb in the bright sunshine and  unpolluted air. A few highlights from another walk alongside a crystal clear brook.  One Read More …