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Alners Gorse Nature Reserve
I did not have great expectations when I set out to visit Alners Gorse, I cannot really tell you why, I just didn't. I have to say, though, that I was totally overwhelmed by what a wonderful place it is. Butterfly Conservation in Dorset deserve some special award for their work here. Regardless of butterflies, the flowers are amazing and bees and hoverflies abound.
The flora has some species that, whilst not rare, are generally uncommon and plants like Pepper-saxifrage, Hoary Ragwort, Devils-bit Scabious and Saw-wort abound. There are several species of sedge and reed all of which make for an attractive habitat for butterflies and other species.
Great place; well done Dorset Butterfly Conservation.
|Top 10 Species||Status|
|Brown Hairstreak||Recorded by others|
|Marsh Fritillary||Recorded by others|
|Dyers Greenweed||In flower|
|Great Lettuce||In flower|
|Hornet||Nesting in toilet!|
|Trailing St Johns-wort||In flower|
|Common Blue Damselfly||Noted today|
|Meadow Grasshopper||Noted today|