Orchids at Caudle Green

Contributed by Richard Beal.

When we first moved here in 2000 there were only one or two orchids in our meadow. We have followed a strict mowing regime designed to restore the natural state. It is cut twice a year and all the cuttings are removed, to lower the nutrient levels. As a result the number of orchids has steadily increased. We get Common Spotted, Pyramidal and Common Twayblade, and once a Bee orchid.

This year there have been more than ever, with hundreds of Pyramidals including two white ones. This photo shows an area with lots of Pyramidals:

20120717 225 QFH Pyramidal orchids

Here are two Pyramidals, one white, one normal.

White Pyramidal Orchid

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