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North Dorset Nature – Episode 31

Our weekly programme devoted to wildlife in Shaftesbury and the villages, presented by Dee Abbott. 

On this week’s show:

  • Nick Crump and Mariko Whyte meet in a field with a sandy bank near Foyle Hill to see and chat about the ivy bee. It is a late season flyer, it spends most of its life underground and only flies in the autumn, not the spring and summer as most other bees do. Why is this? Is it called the ivy bee because it nests in ivy?
  • Dee Abbott discovers some wierd and wonderful fungi in Duncliffe Woods. Some of our most intriguing fungi appear in late summer and early autumn – from the delicate fairy ring champignons to the ill-smelling stinkhorn fungus that appears as if from nowhere and grows at the astonishing rate of 8cm (3ins) per hour.
  • The North Dorset Nature Quiz set by Mary Myers from her smallholding in Wardour.