BUGS, CONSERVATION, FLORA, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE

An orchid that looks like a bee!

The Bee Orchid's awesome mimicry has evolved through natural selection. Flowers which looked more like a bee, would have been pollinated more often. These plants therefore produced more seeds and so passed on their 'bee-like' genes to each successive generation!

FLORA, FORAGING, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE, WOODLAND

Finding elderflowers and making cordial!

Who doesn't love the sweet refreshing taste of elderflower? Even better as an addition to glass of prosecco! Now it can be quite pricey to buy, but come June our  hedgerows are brimming with these flowers, and it could not be easier to make. So heres my quick 60 second Tree to Cordial guide!

CONSERVATION, COWS, FLORA, GRASSLAND, WILDLIFE

New calves and grassland conservation!

The spring brings new life, in all it's wonderful forms, and that includes our herd of Hereford cattle at Durlston Country Park! Herefords are an amazing friendly and docile breed of cattle, making them the perfect choice for a busy country park. But why are they needed in the first place?

FLORA, FORAGING, GRASSLAND, WOODLAND

My rough guide to making sloe gin!

In autumn hedgerows are rife with fruit, and the abundance of sloe berries from the common Blackthorn tree provides easy pickings for foraging. However if you've ever tried eating one, you'll be all too familiar with the bitter dry taste left behind in your mouth, and so you might wonder how they can be of use...