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Sunday, 13 June 2010

Orchid Extravaganza on Wolstonbury Hill

This 6.5 miles walk, lead by me, was from the Mid Sussex Ramblers' walks programme.
Approaching Wolstonbury Hill.
One of our first finds was Common Twayblades.
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This was a lovely orchid and we were to see yet better later on.

Common Spotted-orchids

They have variable colouring -- these being almost white.
The Fragrant Orchids were in full flower in sheltered places.
Their scent was divine.
Not an orchid but this dropwort, Filipendula vulgaris was pretty.  My thanks to Prof. William Coleman for identifying it.
 Lunch overlooking Jack and Jill windmills.
 Yet more Twayblades in a more shaded spot.
It lived up to its name being really common.
Then we got really excited to find this White Helleborine.
And then eagle-eyed Tony spotted the Fly Orchids below, complete with a mating digger wasp.

In this picture you can see a Common Spotted-orchid, Common Twayblades and a Butterfly Orchid.
What a fine Butterfly Orchid.  You might just see this one on TV if you watch Countryfile.

With twenty pairs of eyes looking out for Orchids, we found six species on this wonderful day.


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My thanks to all who came and produced this great result.
As a postscript, the National Trust walk on the same day found eight species, including the rare Man orchid and the Pyramidal orchid.  We may have seen the latter and misidentified it!
Life is a learning curve; at least so far as botany is concerned.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

wonderful pictures Grandad I think I am going to study the iron age hill forts that are at the top and i would really like if if you came with me! josephine x

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