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Old Thursday 7th March 2019, 19:39   #1
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2019 UK Orchids

Having booked an early April holiday in S.R. Sicily I thought this would provide me with my first orchids in flower for the year. Perhaps not so! The wardens at Durleston have reported that the Early Spiders amd Early Purples are pushing up very nicely thank you! I feel the need for a long deive coming on. This is a photo from 2017
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Old Thursday 7th March 2019, 19:43   #2
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A couple of weeks ago I stopped off to see if the Llay Bee Orchids were coming along. They certainly are!
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Old Friday 8th March 2019, 04:11   #3
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I've found quite a few Bee Orchid rosettes in lawns in a couple of sites in west London.
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Old Friday 29th March 2019, 22:42   #4
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Dancing Ledge

The Early Spider Orchids are beginning to flower near Dancing Ledge, Purbeck, Dorset. They are still easy to miss, barely standing out higher than the grass, but give them a week or so and they will be standing proud.
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Old Saturday 30th March 2019, 07:18   #5
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Very nice to see them. It is decades since we visited Dancing Ledge and found our first Early Spiders. Back then there were Late Spiders on the slopes above Folkstone. I wonder if they are still there.

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Old Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 20:53   #6
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Very nice to see them. It is decades since we visited Dancing Ledge and found our first Early Spiders. Back then there were Late Spiders on the slopes above Folkstone. I wonder if they are still there.

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The LSOs are still there, but now having to be protected behind an electric fence.
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Old Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 10:24   #7
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It always cheers me to see this thread rekindled, good work Steve.

I’ll contribute when I can but it won’t be till mid-April earliest as I’m off on Friday on the Greenwings Orchid Odyssey to Rhodes, hosted by Jon Dunn. Thereafter I’ll be out and about in all the usual haunts!

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Old Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 17:08   #8
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It always cheers me to see this thread rekindled, good work Steve.

Ill contribute when I can but it wont be till mid-April earliest as Im off on Friday on the Greenwings Orchid Odyssey to Rhodes, hosted by Jon Dunn. Thereafter Ill be out and about in all the usual haunts!

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I am sure no-one will mind a few photos of your best finds from Rhodes Jeff
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Old Sunday 14th April 2019, 14:48   #9
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Early Purple orchids just waking up in North Norfolk.
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Old Thursday 18th April 2019, 17:45   #10
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Very much awake in north Hampshire!
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Old Sunday 21st April 2019, 15:26   #11
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A few years ago a Sawfly Orchid. Ophrys tenthedrenifera, was found in flower amongst the Early Spiders of Purbeck. It hasn't survived, and the evidence shows that it was of Italian origin - ssp grandiflora. The general consensus is that it was planted there and not a result of of an accident of nature. This year I noticed a hole dug into the turf at the 10 point GR for the plant. Had someone removed it because it was introduced. Equally, someone could have dug up an Early Spider.
But if that specimen had survived and set viable seed this is what we may have seen in that locality in a few years. Photographed 9th April, on the road to Pantalika Necropolis, Sicily
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Old Thursday 25th April 2019, 21:05   #12
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The Green-winged Orchids are putting on a great show at GOP Hill this year. More in flower than I've seen before, and with a range of colours from pure white to deepest purple. They are all rather stunted, or perhaps I should say vertically challenged, due to the well grazed short turf. Downside was a heavy hailstorm curtailed our visit and spoiled a few photos.
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Old Friday 26th April 2019, 15:12   #13
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Hi muba are they in the same places as the Ladies Tresses?
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Old Friday 26th April 2019, 23:20   #14
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Hi muba are they in the same places as the Ladies Tresses?
Yes, exactly the same bit of turf
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Old Saturday 27th April 2019, 07:17   #15
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Old Monday 29th April 2019, 19:09   #16
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Highlights of my year #1

I wanted to find new orchid sites this year and so we looked at the OS Explorer maps for the N. Wales coast for potential places to visit. One turned out to be a small wooded dell beneath a hill with the inevitable hillfort near Llanddulas. It was crowded with Early Purple Orchids (or as they say in Germany Kuckucks Knabenkrauten). No pure white, but a range of colour from pale pink to deep purple. It's very gratifying to make such a discovery, even if it has been discovered before.
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Old Saturday 11th May 2019, 09:06   #17
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GOP HILL 5th MAY

Thank you Muba for directions what a place.
Primrose, Early Purple and Green-Winged Orchids.
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Old Saturday 11th May 2019, 10:39   #18
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Thank you Muba for directions what a place.
Primrose, Early Purple and Green-Winged Orchids.
Lovely photos but your Primrose is a Cowslip.
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I was that busy trying to spell that I spelt the wrong word
I need more
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Old Monday 13th May 2019, 11:48   #20
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I have updated my Orchid Web Pages to include trips out in UK and Sicily up to the end of April. More to come in the coming months.
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Old Monday 13th May 2019, 12:16   #21
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Ophrys hybrids

Woodcock x fly - just one plant at the Yeovil site this year; three flowers out, just one still in bud, just past peak I think:

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Bee x Fly - In a short search just 4 plants at the Wincanton site yesterday; one lower on the bank in full flower and three above in bud, bext next weekend perhaps

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Chapett's Copse, Hants

Sword-leaved Helleborines - about 5-10% in flower yesterday - next weekend perhaps the early peak. If anyone has precise details for confirmed C. x schulzei from last year, I'd be grateful for a PM.

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Ophrys hybrids

Woodcock x fly - just one plant at the Yeovil site this year; three flowers out, just one still in bud, just past peak I think:

http://surfbirds.com/gallery/share_p...2164734331.jpg

Bee x Fly - In a short search just 4 plants at the Wincanton site yesterday; one lower on the bank in full flower and three above in bud, bext next weekend perhaps

http://surfbirds.com/gallery/share_p...2164259496.jpg

Chapett's Copse, Hants

Sword-leaved Helleborines - about 5-10% in flower yesterday - next weekend perhaps the early peak. If anyone has precise details for confirmed C. x schulzei from last year, I'd be grateful for a PM.

cheers
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Nice photos

It is a possibility that the Fly x Woodcock Orchid may be on its way out. last year there were 4 in flower, but that may have been down from previous years. Mixed blessings perhaps.
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Late start

It is good to see the forum up and running and with some interesting posts. We are late on parade this year as Elaine has a nasty bout of sciatica which militates against stooping (or even stopping) to see Lesser Twayblades, Bog Orchid and the likes. But we are hoping to get out soon and to survey some of the more local sites here in NE Wales. We are particularly interested in seeing how Minera Quarry is faring in its new guise. We also will seek to keep the usual eye on Alyn Watters - I am particularly interested to see whether the Pyramidal orchids continue to spread. Thanks to Muba for getting things underway again and for some informative postings.

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Thank you Muba for directions what a place.
Primrose, Early Purple and Green-Winged Orchids.
Thanks for posting these with the photos. Yes it is a lovely site: we've tended in recent years to visit Gop Hill at the other end of the season to see the ALTs; so it is good to see these photos of earlier species.

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The Frog Orchids are in flower at 'the Place of the Eagles'. As usual they are hard to spot at first, but this early the grass and undergrowth is minimal and you can just about see them. But careful where you tread.
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