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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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28 March, 2015

Wild Strawberry: the woodland strawberry | Nature Notes from Dorset

April through to July is the time to look for the wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca). The fruit it produces is very similar to the garden strawberry we all love to eat only much smaller and, inevitably, the flower is smaller too. it can easily confused with the barren strawberry which is very similar but that flowers earlier from February through to May and is has blueish leaves whereas the wild strawberry has shiny green leaves. 
Also known as the wild strawberry, it is common in woodland where there is plenty of light so it is mainly found on sunny banks, rides and glades. 

Read more: Wild Strawberry: the woodland strawberry | Nature Notes from Dorset