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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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28 May, 2010

Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

Late May is when the Meadow Buttercup is at its best. Although it flowers through to August now is the best time to see damp meadows covered in this lovely flower.

The water meadows between Fiddleford and Sturminster Newton as just golden now with these buttercups. From a distance you might think that Rapeseed is growing there but as you get closer you become overwhelmed with the number of buttercups.

If you struggle telling buttercups apart, the Meadow Buttercup is a tall plant that grows up higher than the surrounding grass, has multiple flowers on each stalk and thin, 'spidery' leaves.

It grows in untreated meadows across the county but does seem to prosper best in fields by rivers that regularly flood during the winter.