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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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29 August, 2015

Common Field Speedwell: the birds eye | Nature Notes from Dorset

I used to know common field speedwell (Veronica persica) as bird's eye, I am not sure why when I look at it now! It is a common species of speedwell but is probably not the one we are most familiar with; that is certainly germander speedwell which is seen hedgerows and grassy places almost anywhere.
Yes, common field speedwell is, as its name suggests, also common but to see it you need to go out into farm fields or other areas where the earth is frequently tilled, it is not uncommon in gardens. It is a low growing, sprawling plant which, again, is unlike germander speedwell. It also has sky blue flowers with the lower petal usually white unlike the all blue flower of germander.
Common field speedwell is an alien species, first recorded in 1825

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