Spotting orchids at Sewingshields, Northumberland – 18/06/14

Detail of a Heath Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza maculata

Detail of a Heath Spotted Orchid – Dactylorhiza maculata

One of the happy byproducts of being immersed in moorland landscapes through much of the year is that I can watch the passing seasons and their flora and fauna. I have been at work out surveying at Sewingshields Crags in the Northumberland National Park (blog post to follow), and a spare moment saw me crawling through the undergrowth to take these images of the orchids flowering in a slightly boggy dip. A bonus of working with volunteers is that they bring their different experiences and knowledge with them, and Martin in particular explained the intricacies of moorland flora.

Archaeologist and a Northern Marsh Orchid/hybrid?

Archaeologist and a Northern Marsh Orchid/hybrid?

Northern Marsh Orchid - Dactylorhiza purpurella

Northern Marsh Orchid – Dactylorhiza purpurella

Common Butterwort - Pinguicula vulgaris

Common Butterwort – Pinguicula vulgaris

Detail of a hybrid Northern Marsh Orchid?

Detail of a hybrid Northern Marsh Orchid?

Heath Spotted Orchid - Dactylorhiza maculata

Heath Spotted Orchid – Dactylorhiza maculata

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7 thoughts on “Spotting orchids at Sewingshields, Northumberland – 18/06/14

  1. Lots of orchids on our field. We had early purple (I think) and now these (as in the photo attached).

    Sorry not to make the Thursday on SS, but sheep had to come first L

    Dare say I’ll be out with Phil up those crags when we get blanket access.

    Take care,

    Fransje

    Reply
    • Sorry you couldn’t make it out on Thursday Fransje, we have identified areas for further survey over autumn/winter and into next year all being well. Good luck with operating the survey equipment and hopefully see you soon!

      Reply

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