North Dorset Nature – First Signs Of Spring

There are signs of spring all around us in Shaftesbury. Nick Crump joined expert Mariko Whyte on a botanical walk from Bimport.

The pair hunt down winter heliotrope, which was introduced by the Victorians. You will hear why during our report. Mariko explains how to spot lesser celandine and tells us why this flower is important for pollinators.


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