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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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23 June, 2016

Red Clover: through the looking glass

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When did you last stop and take a close look at red clover (Trifolium pratense)? It is so familiar to us that I think it falls in to the category of another 'walk by' flower! You can find it as a common plant of pastures, meadows and hedgerows just about everywhere and it is just taken for granted but this flower is very lovely when seen close up through a 'looking glass' or, in this case, a macro lens. 
Red Clover is a member of the pea family and an essential plant for bumble-bees of all types, they thrive on it and as it is in flower from May right through until September it is a reliable, ongoing food source for them. Native to Europe its spread across the globe has been exaggerated by being planted as a fodder crop for farm animals; this is certainly an important plant.
Food for bees and cows perhaps but it not wise for human consumption in any great amount as it can cause a wide range of problems but it has been used as a herbal remedy for a number of illnesses so small doses can be beneficial it seems.
Red Clover: through the looking glass