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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 July, 2015

Corn Spurrey: the farmers ruin | Nature Notes from Dorset

In my experience corn spurrey (Spergula arvensis) is not a common weed of cultivation in Dorset. This is a plant that does not like lime soils and much of Dorset's arable farmland is up on the downs, the lowland acid soils tend to be heath and acid grazing, not much in the way of arable crops are grown on acid soils.
Corn spurrey is a low growing, rather straggly plant but it has attractive little white flowers with the green sepals clearly visible behind the petals. It does not have much in the way of leaves, just whorls of thin needle-like leaves. It is a member of the chickweed family and has much in common with its relatives.
As with many weeds it seems, it is a strange combination of crop weed and food crop! 

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