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For the next few days, in the countdown to year end, I’m going to go through some of my 2020 highlights: special wildlife moments, favourite finds, best photos.

It’s difficult to choose a favourite wildflower – there are so many crackers! – but a group I confess I’m quite partial to are the thistles: Creeping and Spear are very common hereabouts, Dwarf and Carline can be found at local country parks and reserves, and this year I identified my first Musk thistles (Carduus nutans). The photo below shows one such in bud; the open flowers in all their glory can be seen in my blog Musk thistle, July 2020.

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