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Bee Orchid bonanza at Whisby

Posted: Wednesday 1st July 2015 by WhisbyWarden

Bee Orchids at Whisby Nature ReserveBee Orchids at Whisby Nature Reserve

Large numbers of Bee Orchids have flowered at Whisby Nature Reserve this year.

Bee Orchids are noted for occasionally appearing in large numbers, far in excess of there normal status, and that has certainly happened at Whisby this year as we discovered on Sunday 28th June, when this particularly compact group was photographed by Chris Cooper. There must have been several hundred in the Redland's old yard area alone with many more thinly scattered in many parts of the reserve.

Also visible is the elegant Yellow-wort. Both these plants thrive in very infertile dry soils where the competition for space is kept at a minimum. Consequently there are frequently found in former quarry areas like Whisby.

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