Asker Nature Reserve

Water vole teeth

Water voles dig their burrows with their teeth which are coated with iron hardened enamel.  This gives their teeth an orange appearance and makes them self sharpening. The vegetation that they eat is cut at an angle of 45 degrees.     To see more about water voles click here.

Elm – The only tree that has an asymmetrical leaf base.

4–9cm in length. They are round to oval, toothed with a rough, hairy surface. They have a characteristic asymmetrical base and taper to a sudden point at the top.   English elms are hermaphrodites, meaning both male and female reproductive parts are contained within the same flower. Flowers are dark pink to red and hang… Continue reading Elm – The only tree that has an asymmetrical leaf base.


There are three different species of buttercups found within Asker Meadows. Ranunculus bulbosus (Bulbous Buttercup), R. acris (Meadow Buttercup) and R. repens (Creeping Buttercup). You can tell these three apart by looking at features of the flowers and leaves.   1. Look at their flowers. They all have 5 yellow petals. Below these petals, there are 5 greenish yellow sepals. In R. bulbosus the… Continue reading Buttercups

Foxes on the banks of the Asker

foxes running along the bank of the Asker last night during the floods and lashing rain. see video one here The second clip of the two of them can be seen here.

Two water voles seen together

What a rare treat!

One water vole is a treat to see, two is just incredible. This gorgeous photo was taken by Hazel Greenwood in the river Asker.  As they are such a threatened species, as rare as the red squirrel, it is wonderful to know that the people of Bridport have the possibility of seeing one, or even… Continue reading Two water voles seen together

The Asker flood

As the afternoon progressed the level of the Asker rose to heights not seen for decades. The meadows fulfilled their role of water meadows gathering the flood waters and slowing the rush downstream. The gravel path from East Bridge to Morrisons disappeared under water.

Nice weather for fishing

The Asker is in flood but the Egret is having a lovely time fishing along the edge.  To watch the egret catching a snack click here. To watch more of its beautiful shuffle dance click here.

Goosander returns

This morning it was lovely to see a Goosander back on the Asker. It was having a lovley time splashing and washing it’s feathers and then it swam serenely up stream. Definitely one to look out for. To see photos taken last year click here.