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Visit to Badbury Rings

Today is probably just about my last orchid hunting trip of the season as Autumn Ladies Tresses are the last orchid species to flower in the UK, so today I visited Badbury Rings to find Autumn Ladies Tresses and Autumn Gentians.

Autumn Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes spiralis)

Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella) Close-up of Flower

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Field Gentian & Autumn Ladies Tresses at Wilverley Plain

Tonight, I re-visited Wilverley Plain after being given the heads up that the Field Gentians (Gentianella campestris) were in flower. I’d missed these on my first visit as I hadn’t been in quite the right place.

This time I approached from the A35 side of Wilverley Plain and found the Field Gentians at the edge […]

Autumn Ladies Tresses at Wilverley Plain

I’ve been waiting to visit this site to see the Autumn Ladies Tresses (Sprianthes spiralis) since I was told about it by a friend right at the start of the orchid season (thanks Ian).

The short turf of the forest lawn at this site must be ideal for these beautiful orchids as there were literally […]

Newbury Green Flowered Helleborine

After work tonight, I took a bit of a detour, well 40 miles of detour actually, in order to photograph Green Flowered Helleborines (Epipactis phyllanthes) at a site next to the A343 just south of Newbury.

There were loads of GFH at this site, but as there isn’t much in the way of verge its […]

Violet Helleborine

Tonight I called in at the Funtley Deviation site to look for Violet Helleborine (Epipactis purpurata). I knew that these were a late flowering species and so wasn’t expecting to find any in flower.

This flower spike was in fine fettle and was right next to a well worn path down the embankment, so I […]

Broad Leaved and Green Flowered Helleborines

I’ve been waiting for the past couple of weeks for some Broad Leaved Helleborines (Epipactis helleborine) to open up in full flower. This morning, I called in to see what they were looking like, and was pleased to see that they were in full flower.

Broad Leaved Helleborine (Epipactis helleborine)

Broad Leaved Helleborine […]

Marsh Fragrant Orchid & Marsh Helleborine

I made an early start this morning, and on the way to a job in reading called in to Mapledurwell Fen next to the M3 at Basingstoke.

According to the Natural England SSSI citation (http://www.sssi.naturalengland.org.uk/special/sssi/sssi_details.cfm?sssi_id=1001308), “Mapledurwell Fen is an extraordinarily rich site which is the last relict of a formerly much more extensive area of […]

Pale Butterwort & Bog Orchid

Tonights flower is a lovely little Pale Butterwort (Pinguicula lusitanica) which is so much smaller than all of the cultivated butterworts I have at home. It took a bit of searching to find it.

Pale Butterwort (Pinguicula lusitanica)

Some lovely bog orchids out here too.

Bog Orchid (Hammarbya paludosa)

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Frog Orchids at Badbury Rings

I spent this afternoon searching for Frog Orchids at Badbury Rings. As this site is only fifteen minutes away from home, I thought it’d be a pretty poor show if I didn’t manage to find the Frog Orchids on my own patch.

It took me a while, but I did eventually find some, the first […]

New Forest Marsh Helleborines

Its been about a fortnight since I visited the Heath Fragrant/Marsh Helleborine site in New Forest, and I thought I’d drop in tonight to see how the Marsh Helleborines (Epipactis palustris) were progressing.

I was pleasantly surprised to find quite few spikes out in flower. This is the first time that I’ve actually seen this […]