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.
The new page banner pic is of course Abby Eaton's of the Hobby - seems appropriate for what's supposed to be fast news!
If it's not me, Elizabeth, website editor (keen but ignorant), I'll say so.
Every photograph is captioned where necessary: in the 'galleries' please click once both to open and to view this, and including the photographer unless it's one of mine. You can scroll through all the photos in a 'gallery', too. Those including 'BC' are with kind permission of Butterfly-conservation.org.