Native British Orchids: Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981

After our last orchid hunting trip out into the countryside, I began to wonder whether orchids growing in the wild could be picked. As a child I can remember being told not to pick any flowers that were wild grown, but I wanted further clarification on this subject. Hello Google.

Common Spotted Orchids
Common Spotted Orchids found in a wildlife reserve meadow.

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Native British Orchids: Common Spotted Orchid

We’ve found another native British orchid. This one was found on the same site as the Green Winged Orchid; in an open meadow. Over a period of several weeks, we have been watching them develop and grow – slowly! Finally, they have bloomed and can now be identified as the Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii).

Common Spotted Orchids
Common Spotted Orchids found in a wildlife reserve meadow.

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Native British Orchids: Green Winged Orchids – an exception, not a rule

As an update to the previous post about Green Winged Orchids, today I’d like to share some new photographs of these beautiful plants. My partner and I visited the same place we had previously, and found many more of these particular orchids, as well as a couple of bonuses…

Green Winged Orchid
Close up of Green Winged Orchid

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Native British Orchid page

Another new page on the blog!

As part of my New Year’s resolution, I have been doing some research about orchids that are native to Britain. It is interesting reading, but to cram it all into one post will not do my research any justice. So instead, there will be a series of blog posts¬†covering as much information as I can.

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