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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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31 May, 2010

Wayfairing Tree (Viburnum opulus)

This time of year with Hawthorn dominating the hedgerow and Elder beginning to flower too it is easy to overlook this white flowering shrub, the Wayfaring Tree.

Indeed, the Wayfairing Tree is not widely known by name either and yet it is quite common in southern England and well spread in Dorset on calcareous soils.

It flourishes in scrubby areas, in hedgerows and on woodland edges.

It will, like many hedgerow shrubs, produce berries in the early autumn . These are poisonous to humans but birds can happily eat them.