Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Herts Orchids

Visited the extreme north east corner of Hertfordshire this morning as there are a few orchid sites I have not visited before.
 On top of Therfield heath is Fox Covert, a fairly young 19th C beech wood and an adjoining section of mixed beech and conifer planted for the Silver Jubilee in 1977.
 I went there for White Helleborine, expecting to find a small number, but in the end I think it is the best display I have found with very large numbers of plants. Even though a good 60+% have been eaten, there were still several hundred plants in pretty good condition.

 Nearby Church Hill where the Pasque Flowers are found did not have anything of note.

 Blagrove Common was hard to find but worth the effort. Large numbers of Early Marsh orchids are in flower, along with Southern Marsh (and many intermediate forms). A few Common Spotted Orchids were found too. The damp meadow looked spectacular, covered in buttercups and Ragged Robin.

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