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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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23 June, 2010

Oxeye Daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)

If you travel the A35 from Dorchester towards Bere Regis (or from Bere Regis heading towards Dorchester!) you will see the northern verge covered in these white Oxeye Daisies. In fact they can be seen on the other side too as well as along road verges almost everywhere in the county at the moment. They thrive on fertile meadow-like environments and where the new road was put in some years ago now embankments became ideal meadow-like habitat for them.

They are classic daisy in appearance, not dissimilar to the daisies on your lawn but much bigger of course with flower heads almost two inches across and the plants reaching as much as 2 feet or more tall.

They flower from May until September so you have plenty of time to take in the glorious sight as you speed along towards Bere Regis!