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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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14 May, 2015

Round-leaved Sundew: the common sundew | Nature Notes from Dorset

In nature many insects thrive on flowers eating the leaves or taking pollen and nectar; the sundew is 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 absorbes the nutrients from its catch.
Whilst the leaves are quite noticable, indeed sometimes mistakenly thought to be the flowers, the sundew produces a small yellow flower

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