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 Post subject: UK Orchid season
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2015 11:37 am 
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The UK orchid season is just coming into full swing (same in France and other northern European and Alpine areas). Has anyone been out spotting?

This BBC page suggests mapping what you find: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150520 ... ate-change

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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
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I saw plenty of twayblades out in the North Downs last weekend, and some pyramidal orchids in spike but not yet open. Nothing else so far.

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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2015 7:07 pm 
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The Early Purple orchids have been out for a few weeks in our local bluebell wood, but at a nearby meadow they have only just fully opened. Funny how a few miles can make such a difference. In the wood about one in a thousand is white.


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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
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And a few miles away the Green Winged Orchids are as spectacular as ever. I reckon here the white ones are about one in three thousand.


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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
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Our famous man orchids, as featured on Countryfile are about to open.


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The Man orchids are still not quite out. My local population is very small, about twenty spikes, on a roadside verge. Sadly a few fall victim to the mower every year but that is to improve visibility at a very iffy junction on a high speed road.


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 Post subject: Re: UK Orchid season
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Fly orchids, Ophrys insectifera, are very rare in these parts, so had to drive a way to look for some. Fifty years of fishing has taught me to be patient which is a good thing as I found two plants in two hours of woodland walking, plus a few twayblades. Both were on deer paths but I don't know if it is a case of they survive better on the paths or are simply more visible as the dog's mercury is taller than they are, probably the latter.


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Out again today. More Fly orchids, only a few miles away from the others but in a totally different habitat, full sun in a meadow. Much bigger, chunky plants.


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And in a woodland a few hundred yards away, growing amongst coppiced hazel, Neottia nidus-avis, the bird's nest orchid. This has no chlorophyll and relies on its relationship with mycorrhizal fungi and their related trees for its nutrition.


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A TALE OF THREE MEADOWS

Took a little bit of a tour of northern Lincolnshire yesterday, visiting three meadows for different species.
First up, in a sea of agricultural land, a small meadow, no more than 150m x 50m. Surrounded by gone over Green Winged orchids is the only population of Burnt orchids in this part of the world.


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After a bit of a drive I arrived at the second meadow, a reserve that I have never visited before. I say "meadow" but it is a set of five stunningly beautiful hay meadows, each the size of several football pitches. I knew that there were Dactylorhizas and frog orchids here, but where? Gazing over the gate to the first meadow it was quite clear that no one had walked through the field as yet this year and not knowing where the orchids were in such a huge area I decided that I had no chance of finding the frogs and was not going to be the first to crush the plants.
The Dactylorhizas were no such challenge for in a sea of buttercups little purple lumps stood out, though photographing them was difficult. I made my way round the edge of the field until I found a few within inches of the hedge to shoot. Southern Marsh orchids, Dactylorhiza praetermissa, I think.
I will return if I find out exactly where the frogs are.

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Running very late by now I called in at a third meadow on the way home to find that this cold spring has delayed flowering by at least a week with just a few Dactylorhiza fuchsii, Common Spotted orchids, about to open and the rest a way off. A wood at the end of the meadow has Greater Butterfly orchids, Platanthera chlorantha, but these were also mostly still in bud, though I found a couple opening. Apologies for the photos, in years of photographing these I have never got what I consider to be a good photo. White flowers + low light + strong wind + incompetent photographer = terrible photos.

And so to home, to see Bradley Wiggins break the hour cycling record. An excellent day.


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Coming to the end of the main season in this part of the world but some of my favourites are still to be found.
Stopped in at another roadside nature reserve last night to check on the local bee orchid population. Good news, up from seven flowering plants last year to eighteen. I find it interesting how the lip pattern can vary on different flowers on the same plant.


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A return visit to Hills and Holes NNR. First picture shows how it got its name. A medieval limestone quarry by all accounts. Most of the man orchids have gone over though I did notice a few fresh ones, including this very yellow one. A few bee orchids about, including these, surrounded by pasque flower heads. Pyramid orchids just thinking about opening so you have to be careful where you tread.


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But this is what I actually returned for, Fragrant orchid, Gymnadenia conopsea, which are present by the hundreds if not thousands.


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Rob asked for posts on natives and so I obliged, but it is not a solo show!
Haven't any of you folks from down south been out to find the critters we don't have up here? Where are the ladies, the monkeys, the military, the spiders and all the others that are out of my range. Feel free to chip in!


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Also called in at a quarry, cum landfill site, cum nature reserve which is now orchid heaven. Met someone on the way in who told me that it was "nowhere near as good as last year," but they missed out the word yet. There are thousands of orchids there, they are just a bit behind on last year because it has been so damn cold.
Dactylorhizas are in flower, some gone over, but I liked this nice hybrid. The bee orchids and pyramids are just coming and are so thick that you have to watch your step. Will return next week.


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