Thursday, 26 May 2011

What to see at the end of May

We've just returned from a few days in North Wales. Puffins, Choughs and Peregrines at South Stack on Anglesey and Pied Flycatchers, Wood Warblers, Redstarts, Wall Browns and Pearl Bordered Fritillaries in the oakwoods below Snowdon. But glad to get back to the Chilterns where there is plenty to see as we approach the end of May.
Fly Orchid   Homefield Wood
At 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 Hill
Closer 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.

Man Orchid
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
 Click the tab above for details of 15 local walks  

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