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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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20 May, 2010

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.