The sun shone on our Wild Orchid Safari Part 2 last night as we searched Grangelands, Chequers and Pulpit Hill. The wooded hills and grassy slopes were bathed in glorious evening light and, following recent showers, good visibility provided views across 7 counties.
Frog Orchid 21st June 2011
And despite the exceptionally dry spring we found 10 different orchid species. Under the trees on the slopes of Pulpit Hill were White Helleborines, albiet well over their best, Bird's Nest Orchids and emerging Broad Leaved Helleborines. Out on the grassy slopes Fragrant, Pyramidal and Common Spotted were flowering in profusion and good numbers of Twayblades were found scrubby areas. 7 Bee Orchids were located on the Chequers estate but the highlights of the evening were Musk Orchids, fewer this year but some surprisingly large plants, and the first Frog Orchids of the season.