Many people ask “What purpose do nettles serve?

They are a breeding ground and food source for many insects and aphids which are the beginning of the food chain for others, from spiders to small birds, such as Wrens, Dunnocks and Blue Tits. The leaves can be used to make soup, wine and tea. They are also wrapped around Cornish Yarg cheese to help preserve it.

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Small tortoiseshell caterpillars on nettles in the Quarr will develop into the beautiful butterfly below.



Long Tailed Tit

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Ash Dieback

Ash Dieback has been discovered in Dorset. The sad news that the disease had spread to Dorset was confirmed in August after the first infected tree was found near Dorchester. Caused by the fungus "Chalara fraxina" it is spread by infected ash leaves and can spread up to 10 miles on the wind. The fungus infects 60-90% of the trees in its path, causing leaf loss, bark lesions, crown dieback, and in most cases the death of the tree.

This is particularly bad news for the Quarr where ash is the dominant tree in the Reserve.

If you think you have seen an infected tree, please contact the Forestry Commission immediately on 084159-335577.