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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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07 April, 2015

Goldilocks: but no porridge | Nature Notes from Dorset

The goldilocks buttercup (Ranunculus auricomus) is very much a plant of broad-leaf woodland in spring, flowering in April and May. Indeed, apart the creeping buttercup, it is our only woodland buttercup species and is quite distinctive with flowers that never quite seem perfect! It readily drops its petals and so finding one with all five petals on a flower head is quite unusual. It is much taller than creeping buttercup and the leaves are narrow and pointed whereas creeping buttercup leaves are much broader. All in all, if you find a buttercup in woodland then if it is not the creeping buttercup then it almost certainly is goldilocks.
It is not a common flower in Dorset.

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