Bee orchids in Asham Woods

Bee orchids may be hard to find on Cley Hill this year but the colony that Agnes found last year in Asham woods is doing really well.

Plants are growing in an area where all the soil was cleared in preparation for quarrying about 25 years ago. The area is now dominated by silver birch trees and the ground is a combination of rough limestone and moss.

The first photo shows the fantastic profile of this most spectacular of native flowers and the pollinia can clearly be seen in the process of self pollinating the flower. The developing seed pods will shower millions of seeds across this fascinating habitat and hopefully we will see the numbers of bee orchids here continue to rise.


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