Monday, May 22, 2006

More ancient meadows

I was privileged today to be shown another 'ancient meadow' near Robertsbridge that had thousands of windswept spikes of green-winged orchids, Orchis morio. The purple patches in the middle picture are all these orchids. As the top picture shows, there were plenty of pink and white examples too.

Somewaht less obvious, but equally special in their own way as undisturbed grassland indicators were the adder's tongue ferns, Ophioglossum vulgatum, also present in considerable quantity.

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