The weather is warm and flowers are filling the meadows, hedges and wild places – so do go out and enjoy them. The common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) here is on Cley Hill in Wiltshire. The orchids on the chalk are rather reduced this year as a result of the very dry spring and summer last year and bee orchids seem to have been particularly hit. Most native orchids make up their new tuber during March-June and if this is very dry the tubers are small and result in few flowers and smaller flowers the next year. The wet period this year should give us a good show of orchids in 2020.