Sunday, 10 May 2015
Blackdown Hills, Somerset - Orchid Heaven 10/5/15
Barrington Hill Meadows in Somerset, wow what a place! We arrived to cool grey skies and a strong breeze with a bit of 'mizzle'. That did not put us off heading up the meadows to look for Green Winged Orchids and hopefully a white one.
4 grassy meadows full of Orchids, the second meadow was just simply breathtaking with Orchids as far as the eye could see of all varying degrees of purple, pink and even one single white one. We had found it at last! A Cuckoo started calling from the trees in the hedgerow but the Orchids were the stars - the sight of 100's of Orchids in one area is just simply breathtaking!
Although the weather was not good we went on to Buckland Wood to check out the site for butterflies. No butterflies but a great site with some lovely wild flowers. We will return to both areas!
A swathe of Green Winged Orchids
Pink and purple forms
In the meadow grasses
Buttercups as well!
In the pink!
Orchids as far as the eye could see
The white one
Yellow Archangel at Buckland Wood
Unknown Primula - Buckland Wood
False Oxlip and Cowslip
Early Purple Orchids - Bens Copse