Southern Marsh Orchids In Bloom

#30DaysWild no. 8. We are delighted to have found a patch of southern marsh orchids in full bloom.

Maggie looked a week or so ago and didn’t see any – just rather too much invasive hemlock water dropwort. But today on a quick walk through Popehouse Moor Site of Special Scientific Interest we found plenty of orchids. At the bottom of the slope at the far end of the nature reserve there were several. A good few more were dotted through that last section as you walk up to the ‘magic pond’, but round the corner, near where the bog bean plants are, suddenly we came across a real show. There were 22 flower spikes in just a small area. The photo doesn’t do it justice, but for us it was a great find. Some years we only see three or four, and we’d worried there wouldn’t be any this year.

#30DaysWild Previously

This time last year: colourful weeds were making a show, despite some very dry weather.

This time in 2019: We’d found an amazing flight of long horned moths during a bike ride to our favourite cafe in Hatherleigh.

This time in 2018: A blood vein moth had caught our attention

This time in 2017: We were spending an hour at the Winkleigh community trees. We’re still helping out with that. Euan has been volunteering some time for a Duke of Edinburgh Award, and we’ve been aiming to cut the grass once a month.