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Old Monday 22nd May 2017, 10:02   #76
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Where on martin down are the burnts. I may still try mount caburne may be some left. Looking at Thursday. Jim

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Old Monday 22nd May 2017, 13:40   #77
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am thinking of going to the chilterns this week, Homefield wood and Hartslock. Does anyone have any information on whether this week is a good time to go? Anywhere else I should be including on my itinerary?

thanks for any help.
I visited both sites yesterday and can confirm that the specialities at both should be looking good this week (the only exception being the single Lady at Hartslock which is now very slightly past its best).

In terms of other sites, Warburg is between the two and could give you both butterfly orchids amongst other things, but I'm not sure if either are flowering yet this year. If the visitor centre is open they may be able to help (or you could even try phoning them first).

If you're interested in dragonflies you can walk to Hartslock from Goring along a section of the Thames famous for emerging Common Clubtails - they're not easy but we saw two or three yesterday.
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Old Monday 22nd May 2017, 18:37   #78
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The Frogs are just starting to flower at the North Wales site, together with what will become a forest of Twayblades in certain parts of the site. The Frog v longibracteatum are very late this year and show the sign of suffering from lack of rain.
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There were a few Twayblades here over past years, but not a feature of the site. Is a 'forest' of them a good thing? Will they drown out other species?
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The ‘forest’, if indeed it becomes such, is just in the wooded area of the site in the dip beyond where most of the Frog Orchids grow. My original post was perhaps a little sensational!
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Derbyshire Peak District - Frog and Fly orchids just starting to flower. A bad year for Burnt Tipped orchids though.
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Old Wednesday 24th May 2017, 15:14   #81
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Thanks everyone for Chilterns advice - saw lady, monkey and hybrids at Hartslock + white helleborines.

Also saw military orchids, greater butterfly orchids just in flower, common spotted orchids and one of the best displays of fly orchids I've seen.

No sign of any club-tails though!
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Old Wednesday 24th May 2017, 18:13   #82
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Platanthera ID

Anyone like to hazard an opinion on these, all photographed yesterday morning growing together on a short (c10 yard) stretch of roadside verge under bracken and bramble. Stature wise they all looked similar in the field, about 20 plants in total.

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Old Thursday 25th May 2017, 00:00   #83
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Military at their prime in the usual location in BBOWTland, as were the GBO and Fly. CSO just coming out. One Green Hairstreak.

The Monkeys are just going over and not in very high numbers at the usual location in BBOWTland; but Lady x Monkey hybrid swarm is looking excellent - a few of those are starting to go over, but most are prime. No flowering Bees yet though!
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Old Thursday 25th May 2017, 12:47   #84
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Anyone like to hazard an opinion on these, all photographed yesterday morning growing together on a short (c10 yard) stretch of roadside verge under bracken and bramble. Stature wise they all looked similar in the field, about 20 plants in total.

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Hi Rich

First two look like clear Greater, the last closest to Lesser. the two in between do look intermediate, which reading between the lines is what you were suggesting?
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Old Thursday 25th May 2017, 12:51   #85
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Question to Steve will the LSO up North last two more weeks when i plan to be there or should I go next week ?
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The Gait Barrows plants are in fine form at present, but most plants only have one flower on them because they are quite young still. There are a few yet to flower, but I would still go this weekend rather than next.
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First two look like clear Greater, the last closest to Lesser. the two in between do look intermediate, which reading between the lines is what you were suggesting?
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as they were all growing together in a small area, and all looked identical unless you examined the flower closely, I was assuming they are all related.

The first plant (#1) and the last plant (#2) were growing with a foot or so of each other. The majority of the plants looked like #s 8 and 9, with Lesser like pollinia that are held almost parallel but wide apart!

Oh, and I'd been reading that article by Terry Swainbank in the April BSBI News and it is one of the locations where x hybrida has been recorded. As to whether any of these are actually Greater, or Lesser, or x hybrida or some sort of intermediate swarm, your guess is as good as mine. I just thought I'd see what other people thought and what they would put them down as.

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Old Thursday 25th May 2017, 19:35   #87
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first bee out on isle of wight amidst clouds of Glanville fritillaries at Compton chine
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I've seen a couple of Bee Orchids out (+ more in bud) in London- one residential site in Barnes + another in an industrial unit at Southall.
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as they were all growing together in a small area, and all looked identical unless you examined the flower closely, I was assuming they are all related.

The first plant (#1) and the last plant (#2) were growing with a foot or so of each other. The majority of the plants looked like #s 8 and 9, with Lesser like pollinia that are held almost parallel but wide apart!

Oh, and I'd been reading that article by Terry Swainbank in the April BSBI News and it is one of the locations where x hybrida has been recorded. As to whether any of these are actually Greater, or Lesser, or x hybrida or some sort of intermediate swarm, your guess is as good as mine. I just thought I'd see what other people thought and what they would put them down as.

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Everyone a little timorous I am guessing!!

I'd agree that there appear to be hybrids, if they are determined using the same criterion used for the species themselves.
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Hey all, am planning to see the Mils at Homefield tomorrow. Anyone confirm they are still in good shape?
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Hey all, am planning to see the Mils at Homefield tomorrow. Anyone confirm they are still in good shape?
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I was there on Thursday, Rafe. There were plants in all stages. Some just past their best, some peaking, and some still had buds on them. The Flys were looking good as well.

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I was there on Thursday, Rafe. There were plants in all stages. Some just past their best, some peaking, and some still had buds on them. The Flys were looking good as well.

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Any opinions on this orchid? Initially I thought a SMO, but now I am wondering. It looked quite different from the others around.
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Rex Graham Reserve

We are on holiday in Suffolk within striking distance of the Rex Graham Reserve. It was the open day yesterday but we couldn't make it. Our friends are joining us tomorrow and we would like to go with them. Last time we were there (2014) there were Military Orchid plants growing outside the compound in another small chalk-pit. Does any one know whether this is still the case please.
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Any opinions on this orchid? Initially I thought a SMO, but now I am wondering. It looked quite different from the others around.
Although rather an unusual lip patterning nothing there to rule out SMO and it doesn't better fit with anything else. However it would be good to know what the leaves looked like and what other plants were growing nearby.

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Thanks Rich,

I am a bit of a newbie, but from memory mainly what I thought were "normal" SMOs. I have attached the only other picture I made (although I doubt it will help).

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