There is always competition to be the first to send in pictures of our common spotted orchids. This year the prize goes to Countryside Officer Ali Rasey.
Why has this been such a good year for orchids?
This year, we have identified five species of native orchids in the reserve. Two of them, the common spotted orchid and the broad leaved helleborine, are old friends, but bee orchids, pyramidal orchids and southern marsh orchids also appeared for the first time in the reserve’s fields.
What makes a good year for native orchids? Here are five possible factors to take into consideration.
Common spotted orchids photographed in the reserve by Gillian Newbury.
The Friends get very excited about the reserve’s orchids.Continue reading
Yesterday, while surveying pollinator networks in the reserve, Ian Bushell discovered a colony of bright pink pyramidal orchids (Anacamptis pyramidalis), an important new species for the reserve.Continue reading
All orchid flowers, even the glamourous and expensive tropical kinds, are built to the same three point plan.Continue reading
Every year there is quiet competition among Friends and Followers to see who can send in the first picture of the reserve’s common spotted orchids. This year the winner is Gill Newbury: well done, Gill!
Chris Seymour’s pictures of the park’s common spotted orchids.
The first common spotted orchid of the year, photographed by Ian Bushell. Send in your own orchid photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish them all.
We sent DKG, and his macro lens, to look at the common spotted orchids in Village Green.