Day 4: Sundew and Snails 30DaysWild

30 Days Wild 

Day 4 

Today I joined Ewan of Nature Scotland on a wildlife and photography workshop, along with a lovely family and we had a brilliant day on the isle. I really enjoy macro photography and immersed myself among the smaller species we find – you can never fail to find something interesting once you start looking closely.

I have a soft spot for creatures with shells, including limpets, hermit crabs and snails. Unfortunately for me, we don’t seem to see the number of garden snails I did as a kid but I was in my element today at Aros Castle – snails everywhere! They’re a great animal to connect with; every child should feel the movement of a snail on their hand and feel thrilled when it sneaks out its stalked eyes.

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Admiring a garden snail 

We should also be amazed at our incredible plant life. Did you know we have our very own carnivorous plant species? The thought conjures images of tropical rain forests but go no further! Behold, the stunning detail and evolution we can see in round-leaved sundew. This tiny bog loving plant is covered in attractive sticky glues and acids – any enticed insect won’t be leaving any time soon. These extra meals supplement the plant’s nutrients, added help when growing in nutrient poor areas.

We don’t just have the one carnivorous species though. Butterwort is another species found in boggy habitats, often right next to sundew. This insectivorous plant secretes a sticky fluid, attracting and snaring insects into it’s leaves.

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Round-leaved sundew – with a meal
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Butterwort in flower – with numerous meals captured 

WildChild Scotland (@WildChild_Sco)

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