Annual Orchid Hunt.

Orchid SillouetteIt’s the time of year when I  visit local nature reserves on the hunt for orhids. It ‘s been another good year for orchids particularly at Woodwalton Marsh.

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Pyramidal Orchid

I found the usual Pyramid and Common Spotted orchids

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Common Spotted Orchid

But there were also four or five of my favourite wild flower – the Bee orchid.
I try not to advertise too much where I find Bee orchid’s to protect the flowers from being picked.

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Bee Orchid

In the case of the bee orchid the single flower is the culmination of up to 8 years growth and, if picked, the plant is unlikely to flower again and has lost its only chance of producing seeds.

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