In Pictures: What's In Flower On Plantlife's Reserves

Joe Costley

Joe Costley

Nature Reserves Manager

8th June 2018

As spring comes to an end, Plantlife's reserves are bursting into colour. Here's a few photos of the wild flowers I've encountered over the last couple of weeks:

Joans Hill Farm - Green Winged Orchids (Orchis morio)

Green winged orchids

Green-winged orchids (Orchis morio) under sunny skies at Plantlife's Joan's Hill Farm in Herefordshire earlier this week. They are at the best right now and will soon be followed by masses of common spotted orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii).

Deep Dale - Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris)


Now that the cowslips are over, white is the colour of the moment at Plantlife's Deep Dale reserve, Derbyshire. The hawthorn is decked with an dazzling abundance of May blossom and the open spaces sprinkled with an array of white blooms including meadow saxifrage, mossy saxifrage, lily-of-the-valley and these exquisite wild colombines (Aquilegia vulgaris) - in a white form that is a special feature of the Peak District populations.

Ryewater Farm - Common-spotted Orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)

Common spotted orchid

The meadows at Plantlife’s Ryewater Farm reserve in Dorset are now bursting into flower, including masses of common spotted orchids and exquisite stands of meadow thistle.

Greena Moor - Petty Whin (Genista anglica)

Petty Whin

Petty whin (Genista anglica) is now in full flower at Plantlife'sGreena Moor reserve, Cornwall. Considered 'Vulnerable' on the England Red List, it is thankfully doing well on this site, where approximately 100 plants were counted earlier this week.

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