Wildlife & Plants to See This Month
As we welcome in the New Year, why not walk off a few pounds and enjoy Dorset in winter?
Here are the creatures and plants that are making themselves seen and heard this month.
The countryside is starting to come alive in March. Here are just a few of the plants and wildlife to look out for this month.
Yes, spring really has arrived, but shows itself in varied ways on the different reserves!
There is so much to see and experience in Dorset this month, it really is difficult to know where to start! From beautiful wild flowers, birds and mammals to dragonflies and butterflies, wildlife really is everywhere...
The first flush of spring growth may be over, but with temperatures rising, Dorset offers the wildlife enthusiast an impressive and ever-changing sequence of flowering plants across the county this month.
In July, you might think that the pace of change is slowing down as temperatures rise, some bird song decreases and the meadows and hedgerows show off their stunning variety of flowers. But look again...
Plants and the insects associated with them are favoured by different conditions but somehow adapt to survive our unpredictable climate. If you are interested in nature in Dorset, then you will never be bored!
The rain over the last few days has given a new burst of life to our native plants.
We are all familiar with the plant and animal kingdoms, but in October we are reminded of an entirely separate kingdom, the fungi. Although they are with us largely unseen throughout the year, autumn is when the fruiting bodies of mushrooms and toadstools appear, as if by magic.
Thanks to the Gulf Stream, we enjoy a relatively mild autumn (even though we may not think so!) so there's always lots to watch out for in November. Here are just a few of the highlights...
As winter sets in, day length continues to shorten and preparations for Christmas loom large, it's all too easy to miss out on the wildlife to be seen in Dorset as we approach the end of 2013