A wildlife diary of the western Isle Of Wight's beautiful countryside!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Yesterday morning I had to visit the funeral directors in Totland, so I took the opportunity to pop along to Totland Recreation Ground where I'd been told there were a number of orchids. It was encouraging to see that a strip of grass had been left unmown for them.
It was wonderful to come across hundreds of Green-winged Orchids. Unfortunately the vast majority were past their best now.
When I first saw them from a distance, I assumed that they were Early Purple Orchids, but then I noticed that the leaves were unspotted and confirmed the identification by the presence of the green veins on the outer sepals.
I then spotted a few plants of a different species.