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 …

Jurassic

There can’t be many better ways to spend an afternoon in early summer than exploring Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Purbeck Marine Nature Reserve at Kimmeridge Bay. Located on the “Jurrasic Coast” World Heritage Site the underwater landscape is pretty impressive as well. Apparently the Sea Hare 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 …