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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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06 July, 2010

Ling (Calluna vulgaris)

Another specialist of the heath lands of Dorset, Ling is another plant that prfers the wetter areas.

At first, this looks like Bell Heather just coming in to flower because the flowers themselves are not 'bells', they are more tubular and certainly less full than the other heathers.

Common on the heaths of Dorset but less common than the Bell Heather and Cross Leaved Heath. Ling is actually more common in the New Forest and the heathland on the eastern fringes of Dorset.

Flowers from July to September.