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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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14 June, 2010

Broom (Sarothamnus scoparius)

Out on the heaths the Common Gorse is all but over after flowering for the last three months but in some areas of Wareham Forest, for example, you would be forgiven for thinking that, at first glance, there was new flush of flowers.

Closer examination reveals that this flower, although very similar to Gorse, is growing on a spineless, green shrub and is, in fact, Broom.

Closely related to Gorse, of course, it is common on dry, acid soils across the British Isles and will flower now until early July. Then, on the hot sunny days of August (if we get any) you will hear the snap of the seed pods as they dry out and burst open to throw the seeds far and wide.