Debbie Carter found marsh orchids last Sunday 7 June, on the Tuckingmill side of the Oddford Brook.
I found pyramidal, common spotted, butterfly and bee orchids on Middle Hill, near Bishopstrow - between Scratchbury and Battlesbury. It was particularly noticeable that many of them had scorched tips to the leaves - you can see this clearly on the bee orchid. Maybe the late, sharp frost that did for things in our gardens, too, was responsible.
And on Tuesday, I found pyramidal and scented orchids on the hillside opposite the entrance to Ferne House, on the road from the A30 to Berwick St John.
It's all happening!
Photo: Barn owl (Andrew Carter)
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