Summer 2015 – Awesome Orchids

As well as the opportunity to see a wide variety of birds, East Anglia boasts a great selection of orchids as well. We often run into these on our regular birding tours, but we can also go to find particular species on request, if there is any interest.

Some of the species are truly spectacular and the sight of a field full of orchids is something to behold. A few floral highlights from recent weeks are shown below:

Southern Marsh Orchids Old Hunstanton 2015-06-22_3Orchids – an amazing drift of orchids in the dunes

Southern Marsh Orchid Old Hunstanton 2015-06-22_1Southern Marsh Orchid – one of our commoner species

Early Marsh Orchid Old Hunstanton 2015-06-22_3Early Marsh Orchid – often found in similar places to the Southern

Man Orchid Holme 2015-05-20_9Man Orchid Holme 2015-05-20_13Man Orchid – a rarity in Norfolk

Miltary Orchid Suffolk 2015-06-07_1Miltary Orchid Suffolk 2015-06-07_5Military Orchid – only found at four sites in the country

Lizard Orchid Drayton 2015-06-23_3Lizard Orchid Drayton 2015-06-23_10Lizard Orchid Drayton 2015-06-23_12Lizard Orchid – the first in Norfolk for 60 years, otherwise seen in Suffolk

P1030970P1040004Bee Orchid – always a favourite and not uncommon in the right areas

Pyramidal Orchid Old Hunstanton 2015-06-22_1P1030988Pyramidal Orchid – with striking pink or pinkish-purple flower spikes

Fen Orchid Upton Fen 2015-06-24_2Fen Orchid – not the most spectacular species, but with a very restricted range

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