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Old Monday 24th June 2019, 19:43   #76
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More Bee Orchids

On the lawns outside Dover Council Offices at Whitfield a number of areas have been marked off as not to be mowed. These areas are where Bee Orchids are growing. This pink sepalled plant was one of them.
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Old Monday 24th June 2019, 19:48   #77
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Lizard Orchids

.... and if you are down in Kent to catch a ferry in June schedule some time to visit Sandwich Bay for the magnificent display of Lizard Orchids that grow on the golf course, alongside the road and even popping up in front lawns. Not to be missed!
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Old Tuesday 25th June 2019, 22:02   #78
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Hi . Going to norfolk this weekend for orchids, where did u see the lesser butterfly, never seen one. Ta
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Old Wednesday 26th June 2019, 08:36   #79
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I'm going to Norfolk this week end as well and any info on creeping lady's tresses and LBO would very handy . I am waiting for another hip replacement and aimlessly wandering round Holkam Woods doesn't sound fun.
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Old Wednesday 26th June 2019, 12:56   #80
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I'm going to Norfolk this week end as well and any info on creeping lady's tresses and LBO would very handy . I am waiting for another hip replacement and aimlessly wandering round Holkam Woods doesn't sound fun.
Hi can you recommend B&B with car parking in Norfolk.
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Old Wednesday 26th June 2019, 17:25   #81
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Thanks for the help regarding where to see some orchids in Norfolk Peter. That PDF is very useful. Buxton Heath isn't far from me, I will have to make a trip there (my only previous visit was for Nightjars).
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Old Monday 1st July 2019, 17:53   #82
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Dunham Massey

I wonder how many of the thousands of National Trust visitors noticed the pair of Bee Orchids growing in full view just by the visitor centre?
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Old Monday 1st July 2019, 18:06   #83
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Ainsdale Dunes

This week seems to have been the perfect time to catch the pink/red flowering form of the Early Marsh Orchid at Ainsdale. In other years I've been too quick off the mark and been left struggling to find a good number in flower.
Park on the beach (extortionate 5 carge) as far south as you can go, cros over the first line of dunes and follow the path marked by white topped posts. Southern Marsh, some Dacty hybrids, Marsh Helleborines, and some Dune Helleborines with spikes in bud too.
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Old Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 06:40   #84
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10 days or so ago at Ainsdale there were also really good numbers of Pyramidal and Bee.
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Old Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 10:44   #85
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10 days or so ago at Ainsdale there were also really good numbers of Pyramidal and Bee.
We completely missed the Bees despite looking hard. Where abouts did you see them?
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Old Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 20:50   #86
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Minera Lead Mines

A new site for us (again!) - an extensive walk (of which we did a part this afternoon) from Minera Quarry to eventually King's Mill (Wrexham) is teeming with CSO's, BLH (probably) and many Twayblade (leaves - but no flowers on any of them!).
The Epipactis are yet to flower, so we are assuming that the majority of them are Broad Leaved (looking at the leaves) but there may be some Dunes in amongst them too? We intend to keep a careful watch in the next couple of weeks to see what happens. Some of the flower heads, at the moment pendulous, were very full.

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Old Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 21:25   #87
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A new site for us (again!) - an extensive walk (of which we did a part this afternoon) from Minera Quarry to eventually King's Mill (Wrexham) is teeming with CSO's, BLH (probably) and many Twayblade (leaves - but no flowers on any of them!).
The Epipactis are yet to flower, so we are assuming that the majority of them are Broad Leaved (looking at the leaves) but there may be some Dunes in amongst them too? We intend to keep a careful watch in the next couple of weeks to see what happens. Some of the flower heads, at the moment pendulous, were very full.

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Hi Martin

Was that along the old railway track to the lead mines initially?
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Old Tuesday 2nd July 2019, 21:33   #88
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Talacre

A visit to the dunes at Talacre (Point of Ayr) this week will not disappoint. Many, many Northern Marsh and Pyramidals. And some interesting hybrids, or are some of these the Welsh Marsh Orchid cambrensis? The Early Marsh are just that here; early flowering and gone over, unlike Ainsdale where they are at their peak. Paradox time.
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Old Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 16:57   #89
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I'm planning to see Lindisfarne helleborine this year - does anyone have a National Trust ranger contact for there (I've got nothing back from the NT enquiries website)? Failing that, any updates on when the plants are flowering would be most welcome.
Also, I'm heading south soonish and want to connect with narrow-lipped helleborine at Warburg BBONT reserve. The ranger there is keeping me posted on the one surviving spike which has buds - again any update from that reserve or nearby would be brilliant.
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I'm planning to see Lindisfarne helleborine this year - does anyone have a National Trust ranger contact for there (I've got nothing back from the NT enquiries website)? Failing that, any updates on when the plants are flowering would be most welcome.
Also, I'm heading south soonish and want to connect with narrow-lipped helleborine at Warburg BBONT reserve. The ranger there is keeping me posted on the one surviving spike which has buds - again any update from that reserve or nearby would be brilliant.
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Can you keep us posted on the Lindisfarne Helles. I too am considereing a trip up there.
I could give you directions for a better chance with Narrow-lipped if you fancy Gloucs instead of the Chilterns.

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Bee orchids at Ainsdale - a few early on the path from the visitor centre to the Natterjack pool (fenced); many more between the pool and the beach (found on line transects).
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Bee orchids at Ainsdale - a few early on the path from the visitor centre to the Natterjack pool (fenced); many more between the pool and the beach (found on line transects).
Too entranced by the Marsh Orchids on the path, and we continued along the path for a mile or more, rather than heading for the beach. That's how those Bees evaded us!
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One for the Orchids in unusual circumstances file.. Whilst on my Bat conservation trust survey last night, I found a Southern Marsh Orchid, after sunset! Needed the torch to get a shot with the phone.
This must be closest Orchid to my house, about ~750m, although the field runs much closer to home, so I may be able to improve on it slightly!
The field is neglected for many years, grass is almost head height throughout, I hadn't really considered the possibility of Orchids there.
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One for the Orchids in unusual circumstances file.. Whilst on my Bat conservation trust survey last night, I found a Southern Marsh Orchid, after sunset! Needed the torch to get a shot with the phone.
This must be closest Orchid to my house, about ~750m, although the field runs much closer to home, so I may be able to improve on it slightly!
The field is neglected for many years, grass is almost head height throughout, I hadn't really considered the possibility of Orchids there.
Always expect the unexpected, especially when it comes to orchids
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Always expect the unexpected, especially when it comes to orchids
Yes, and when much of the excitement is visiting known sites, it is nice to get back to unexpected surprises.. My other recent surprise being when I visited relatives in Devon, who were looking after a Neighbour's property, complete with an SSSI meadow full of Marsh and Heath Spotted Orchids!
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Can you keep us posted on the Lindisfarne Helles. I too am considereing a trip up there.
I could give you directions for a better chance with Narrow-lipped if you fancy Gloucs instead of the Chilterns.

Hello from a new member. I'd really like to see Narrow-lipped Helleborine; I've been following the updates from Warburg, and it's not looking good there. Would it be cheeky of me to ask if you could share the Gloucs details with me, please? I'm in Somerset, so it's only a skip and a hop away. Thanks.
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I saw around 15 Lindisfarne Helleborines in a fairly quick visit yesterday - four or five of these were already flowering including a couple of fine looking plants.
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I saw around 15 Lindisfarne Helleborines in a fairly quick visit yesterday - four or five of these were already flowering including a couple of fine looking plants.
Sadly I won't be able to visit as planned this year so pencilled in for 2020. I did catch them a few years ago but they were on the way out.
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Sweeney Fen

A great place to visit, if somewhat damp underfoot. Parking by the entrance and lack of hillclimbs appeal to me. Its just a few miles from Oswestry.
The Marsh Fragrants and Marsh Helleborines are in flower and looking good, whilst there is an interesting population of Dactylorhizas. Worth a visit
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Talacre Dunes

This dune system is in the north east corner of Wales, by Point of Ayr, with easy access on foot.
I was too late for the hundreds of Early Marsh Orchids, but numbers of Pyramidals and Northern Marsh made up for this. One day I will make up my mind on the parentage of the impressive Dacty hybrids there, for while you would think D. x venusta, there is a surprising sparcity of Common Spotted Orchids there.
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