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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!

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11 February, 2010

Hazel (Corylus avellana) [1/4]

As spring gets nearer so the the familiar Hazel catkin or Lamb's Tail opens up having been present but tightly closed for most of the winter.

The Hazel is not the only tree to produce Catkins, others do too, most noticeably the Alder and other members of the birch family.

The Catkin is the male flower of the Hazel, its role is to produce pollen which is wind dispersed. The Hazel nut does not produce the well known Hazel nut however.