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Tout Quarry on Portland is one of the many great places to visit in Dorset

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Last night at Durdle Door
A shot taken before midnight of the natural limestone arch Durdle Door in Dorset. It was a bright moonlit night so there weren't too many stars visible but there were quite a lot of glow worms along the cliff top path.
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Sundews
Sundews (drosera) on the heathland yesterday. The little drops of liquid around the tendrils of the plant are known as "mucilage" and are produced from glands in the plant to attract and digest small insects. They do this to supplement their nutritional uptake since they are found on very poor soils.The greyish black detritus on the end of one tendril here is a partially digested insect. The green in the background is that of spagnum moss which it often grows near in the marshier and wetter parts of the Dorset heathland.
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Large Red Damselfly
This afternoon there were several types of red, blue and azure damselflies at Moreton in Dorset. This is a large red damselfly which can be identified as being a "large" rather than a "small" by the fact it has black legs. The females lay eggs underwater on vegetation in the brownish bogs at Moreton. Damselflies have very strange mating habits whereby the males and females first display very visibly to each other to check that they are mating with the correct species since several different types can inhabit one pond. This is currently happening at Moreton.
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Wild insectivorous sundews
A shot of some sundews on the wetter part of Turners Puddle heath in Dorset taken this afternoon. Sundews grow on poorer soil on the heathland near where I live and get their nutrient from digesting insects which land on them. The plants can live for up to 50 years. They can move their leaves only very slightly in order to move digesting insects closer to the centre of the plant but the insects are attracted initially by the sweet dewlike substance usually called "mucilage" that forms on the tip of each tendril. The plants are actually quite small ..just a few centimetres across at most.. Asian Nepenthes plants or American Sarracenia & Venus Flytraps occupy the same function in nature elsewhere in the world.

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A photograph in the Guardian newspaper of the roof on the Morven Guest House
Over the last decade we've installed solar evacuated tubes on the roof to heat hot water, a large scale water harvesting system on downpipes to collect water for all our toilets and washing machines and also more recently photovoltaic panels to generate electricity. I'd thoroughly recommend the first two measures irrespective of government subsidies since ironically enough I installed them prior to any subsidies being awarded and have therefore never received any. I do however  benefit from massively reduced gas and water bills.  I do get a small subsidy for the pv panels which should be frozen for the next 25 years. The PV panels function well during the longer hours of summer especially on windy days when the sea breeze cools them aiding their greater efficiency.  It is a massive understatemnt to say current government policy towards renewables does not seem very supportive .
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Portland's only waterfall
Here's a shot of something that perhaps our visitors in the summer don't often see: Portland's only waterfall which runs straight over the end of the cliffs after periods of heavy rain in the winter months. It's the time of year that people are beginning to book up for their summer breaks so please see our website www.morvenweymouth.co.uk for more details.
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A wall lizard on Portland today
I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of  wall lizards basking on the rocks in the February sunshine on Portland today. They usually hibernate for a little while longer til March to avoid any risk of colder weather but come out of hibernation on sunnier days. They were certainly active in the undergrowth on the south facing cliffs by Portland Bill.
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The Cove at Lulworth in Dorset
A shot taken this morning at Lulworth Cove..one of the many great places to visit from Morven House. Lulworth Cove is about nine miles along the Coastal Footpath from Weymouth or about 14 miles by car.
Lulworth Cove is a tourist honeypot on the Jurassic Coast but was almost deserted this morning. Please see our website at www.morvenweymouth.co.uk for details of our  spring and summer vacancies during 2016.
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Durdle Door illuminated for The Year of Light
A shot from last night's illumination of Durdle Door which was part of a project to illuminated ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK. The arch was illuminated in several different colours and an ammonite projected on to one side.
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