Fly Orchid Homefield WoodAt the BBOWT Homefield Wood reserve near Marlow the intriguing Fly Orchid, a relative of the more common Bee Orchid, is now in in bloom.
Bird's Nest Orchids Pulpit HillCloser to Princes Risborough, the strange Bird's Nest Orchid which doesn't photosynthesise but obtains its nutrients from fungus in deep woodland, is now flowering. The examples above were photographed on the steep tree-covered slopes of Pulpit Hill.
Another unusual and rather scarce member of the orchid family is also flowering in the Chilterns in late May, the Man Orchid, a plant that favours short chalk turf and particularly disturbed sites such as former quarries and ancient earthworks.
Princes Risborough Walking Festival June 7th -12th
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