Early Purples (Orchis mascula) in the Mendips

We are very lucky in our part of the world to have some amazing ancient woodland. My favourite is Asham Woods, the largest remnant of the Mendip Great Wood and an SSSI with native daffodil, bluebell and of course, orchids. The Early Purples are at their best and surrounded by bluebells. The impressive work done last year to coppice areas is clearly being appreciated by the orchids and the flowers stems are particularly tall in an area that has previously been heavily shaded with old coppice (below).

The plants growing through sticks left from coppicing also seem to have been protected from deer by the sticks.



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