Thought I'd open a thread which can allow people to post updates as they travel around searching for Orchids, so other members can see when they are in flower, what numbers they are in, anything else of interest to BF Orchidophiles.
May I offer a word of caution over sites: please when posting updates could you be general about the sites, in accordance with the sensitivity or rarity of the species.
Species with which we should be extra careful, and only use counties, are:
Military, Monkey orchid
Ghost orchid (I wish)
Irish lady's tresses
Dense flowered orchid
Late spider orchid.
Other less rare species perhaps we could use "south cumbria" or other generic description.
Orchids are still being dug up, regardless of rarity or beauty, and we certainly don't want that to be as a result of careless posts on an open forum.
My update for now:
Late spider orchid: Wye, Kent: quite small numbers at the best site, all small plants at present, and two weeks off flowering at least
Lady's slipper: at Silverdale, four flowers will bloom; not sure if it is open yet.
There will be an open day at Gait Barrows NNR on June 5th and 6th, but plants are already in flower there and have been for at least a week.
Fly x Bee hybrid: at the one known site in Somerset, 11 plants just having come into flower. If you know this site and visit it, TREAD CAREFULLY and look where you are walking. Two plants have been trodden on already. If you know the site already and want an up to date grid reference, PM me. Otherwise I do not give out details on this site.
All updates welcome!