If you would like to read my Dorset nature notes about any of these featured species or sites please click on the post title

About Me

My photo

I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!

15 January, 2010

Alder (Alnus incana) [2 of 3]

The tree has both sexes of flowers on it. These are the male catkins that have not yet fully developed. When they open out later in the year they will resemble hazel catkins a little.

The female catkins develop a little later in the year, are smaller, cylindrical and are purplish brown in colour.

The flowers are wind pollinated.