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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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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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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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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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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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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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