High Summer

Unimproved grassland at Durlston Country Park in mid-July.

With at least 578 species of flowering plant recorded along the cliffs, limestone grasslands and woodlands this is one of the best areas in the country for wild flowers. In mid July its spectacular. With such a rich variety of flowers perhaps unsurprisingly the range of insects is equally as good. The clouds of Marbled Whites, Lulworth Skippers and Gatekeepers erupting from the paths mown through the meadows is almost beyond belief. As the sun sets and the darkness envelops the landscape the tiny bright green glow of the female Glow-worm can be found.

 Wild Clematis perhaps more commonly known as Travellers Joy.
 View east from Durlston Country Park over Dulston Bay with the chalk headland of Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks in the distance.
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Musk Thistle Teasel
 Field Scabious close to West Hill, Corfe Castle
 An unusually pale form of Nettle-leaved Bellflower at East Creech
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 Wild Basil  Nettle-leaved Bellflower
 Harebell, a far more common relative of the Nettle-leaved Bellflower

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