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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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08 July, 2010

Round Leaved Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)

In nature insects tend to thrive on flowers eating the leaves or taking pollen and nectar. The sundews are one of the few species to turn this around and use their attraction as a flower to snare and consume insects.

The leaves have very sticky hairs on them that any insect landing on will get stuck to, the leaves close and the plant absorbed the nutrients from its catch.

Found only on wet acid peat or in Sphagnum bogs sundews are not widespread but the Round Leaved Sundew seems to be quite common on the damp rather than wet areas of Dorset's heathland.