A tale of nature, wildlife and birding from Cheshire, North Wales and across the globe....

A tale of nature, wildlife and birding from Cheshire, North Wales and across the globe....

Orchids

The UK is home to a wide range of stunning orchids, from the abundant Common Spotted Orchid to the rare and magnificent Lady's Slipper. 52 species in total are found on our shores, ranging in habitats as diverse as the dense pine forests of the North, the bogs, heaths and mires of the Welsh uplands, from the unusual networks of limestone pavements, to the classic orchid strewn grasslands. These beautiful flowers are a must-see during the spring and summer months, and snapshots of several species are illustrated below.

Lady's Slipper Orchid - Gait Barrows, Cumbria
Lady's Slipper Orchid - Gait Barrows, Cumbria (1st June 2016)
Red Helleborine - Buckinghamshire
Red Helleborine - Buckinghamshire (6th July 2015)
Lesser Twayblade - Cumbria
Lesser Twayblade - Cumbria (6th June 2015)
Common Twayblade - The Burren, Ireland
Common Twayblade - The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland (27th May 2014) 
Bird's-nest Orchid - The Great Orme, North Wales (28th May 2017)
Marsh Helleborine - Holy Island, Northumberland
Marsh Helleborine - Holy Island, Northumberland (18th July 2016)
Dark-red Helleborine - North Wales
Dark-red Helleborine - North Wales (11th July 2013)
Violet Helleborine - Buckinghamshire
Violet Helleborine - Buckinghamshire (14th August 2013)
Dune Helleborine - North Wales
Dune Helleborine - North Wales (25th July 2013)
Lindisfarne Helleborine - Holy Island, Northumberland
Lindisfarne Helleborine - Holy Island, Northumberland (18th July 2016)
Fen Orchid - Glamorgan, Wales
Fen Orchid - Glamorgan, Wales (24th June 2013)
Bog Orchid - Powys, Wales
Bog Orchid - Powys, Wales (26th July 2012)
Coralroot Orchid - Cumbria
Coralroot Orchid - Cumbria (6th June 2015)
Creeping Lady's Tresses - Cumbria
Creeping Lady's Tresses - Cumbria (21st July 2012)
Irish Lady's Tresses - Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Irish Lady's Tresses - Co. Leitrim, Ireland (2nd August 2013)
Autumn Lady's Tresses - North Wales
Autumn Lady's Tresses - North Wales (9th September 2013)
Musk Orchid - Hampshire
Musk Orchid - Hampshire (5th July 2013)
Man Orchid - Copper Hill, Lincolnshire (31st May 2017)
Monkey Orchid - Oxfordshire
Monkey Orchid - Oxfordshire (24th May 2008)
Lady Orchid - Kent
Lady Orchid - Kent (3rd May 2014)
Early Purple Orchid - Co. Clare, Ireland
Early Purple Orchid - The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland (27th May 2014)
Small-white Orchid - Powys, Wales
Small-white Orchid - Powys, Wales (24th June 2013)
Chalk Fragrant Orchid - Hampshire
Chalk Fragrant Orchid - Hampshire (5th July 2013)
Heath Fragrant Orchid - Powys, Wales
Heath Fragrant Orchid - Powys, Wales (24th June 2013)
Marsh Fragrant Orchid - Cheshire
Marsh Fragrant Orchid - Cheshire (22nd July 2013)
Frog Orchid - Derbyshire
Frog Orchid -Derbyshire (8th June 2013)
Heath Spotted Orchid - Powys, Wales
Heath Spotted Orchid - Powys, Wales (24th June 2013)
Pugsley's Marsh Orchid - Anglesey, North Wales
Pugsley's Marsh Orchid - Anglesey, North Wales (3rd June 2016)
Irish Marsh Orchid - Co. Claire, Ireland
Irish Marsh Orchid - The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland (25th May 2014)
Dense-flowered Orchid - Co. Clare, Ireland
Dense-flowered Orchid - The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland (26th May 2014)
Burnt-tip Orchid - Derbyshire
Burnt-tip Orchid - Derbyshire (8th June 2013)
Lizard Orchid - Kent
Lizard Orchid - Kent (5th July 2013)
Fly Orchid - Co. Clare, Ireland
Fly Orchid -  The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland (27th May 2014)
Bee Orchid - North Wales
Bee Orchid - North Wales (11th June 2014)
Late Spider Orchid - Kent
Late Spider Orchid - Kent (4th July 2013)
Early Spider Orchid - Kent
Early Spider Orchid - Kent (3rd May 2014)

1 comment:

  1. Isn't this year rather significant for Lady's slipper orchids. It's the centenary of the declaration of it's extinction. 100 years from extinction and look at its remarkable recovery. With a little help from a few friends! Where's the celebration of this remarkable landmark in its history?

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