A Short-toed Eagle was found in Wareham Forest yesterday, so that would be the target. Sadly, while i was driving along the motorway, pager news was that it had flown away, and not been seen for a while. Plan B then....Holmfield Reserve, in Buckinghamshire. Not been there, but has been recommended to me, and supposed to be full of Orchids, including the rare Military Orchid. So thats the new aim.
Not a bad start, huh?
I got to the entrance gate to the reserve. "Its just a small grassy field" i thought. But, then a closer look over the gate revealed all the Orchids. All along one side of the field, there were loads of purple/pink Orchids. These turned out to be the Military Orchids.
I had a wander around the reserve first, finding lots of Common Twayblades in a shallow ditch, running down the middle of the field.
Then more Orchids....Fly, Greater Butterfly, White Helleborine (the flowers were not quite out fully), and of course the main target Military Orchid.....absolutely brilliant place. Will defo come back here, when i have more time!
|Greater Butterfly Orchid|
Highly recommended site...will go a week or so earlier next time though. Military Orchids were just going over, but still well worth seeing.