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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!

This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!

06 July, 2010

Dorset Heath (Erica ciliaris)

Once you know the main three, Bell Heather, Cross Leaved Heath and Ling then you will recognise an occasional plant much the same but quite different!

Dorset Heath is a nationally rare plant but it can be locally frequent in the Purbeck area of Dorset. It does also occur in South Devon and Cornwall but Dorset is its stronghold.

A heather that like it damp but not wet. It tends to grow taller than Bell Heather and has more flowers than Cross Leaved Heath. Flowers from July to September.