Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

I have been visiting the RSPB reserve at Arne for the best part of 25 years, and quite frequently since we moved here to Dorset (just 7 miles from Arne) four years ago and yet I have never noticed just how many Rowan trees there are there.

Rowan is normally found in dry woods on acid soils and the peat of the Dorset heaths certainly is acidic but Rowan elsewhere in Purbeck does not seem common anywhere other than Arne.

At the moment the trees look really lovely with pure white blossoms and they are worth a closer look in their own right but they are also a haven for all sorts of insects and a closer inspection may reveal all sorts of interesting little creatures.

On this flower head I found a longhorn beetle which I had never seen before.

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