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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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09 July, 2015

Bog Pimpernel: the bog primrose | Nature Notes from Dorset

The Dorset heaths can be very dry in parts and elsewhere they can be very boggy with many other variations in between. Where the soil is peaty and quite wet one can find this delicate plant; bog pimpernel (Anagallis tenella).
It is related to the familiar scarlet pimpernel, a much more common weed of fields and gardens. Bog pimpernel is not rare as such but can only be found in suitable moist conditions and so may not be encountered very often. Where it does occur it can produce quite large carpets of leaves with these little flower heads appearing

Read more: Bog Pimpernel: the bog primrose | Nature Notes from Dorset