We visited several of the The Kent Wildlife Reserves to look for some of their orchids and we then returned to the Eastbourne Downs and Beachy Head during the evening. A fabulous day and seeing no fewer than 12 species of orchids also saw a Tree Bee in Kent and a Hobby at Park Gate.
Park Gate Down Orchid site huge numbers of Fragrant Orchids with 20+ Monkey Orchids
Greater Butterfly Orchids and good numbers of Musk Orchids
10 Man Orchids were seen along the road verges
Just a single Lesser Butterfly Orchid was seen on a wooded bank
Late Spider Orchids
Up to 15 Bird Nest Orchids were found in some Beech woodlands
Just one Lady Orchid found
Pyramidal Orchids were just coming out into flower.
Probably a thousand Twayblades were seen
Twenty plus Monkey Orchids were seen.
50 or so Musk Orchids were found at Park Gate
Greater Butterfly Orchid at Park Gate
Doreen photographing the Greater Butterfly Orchid
Some nice roses at Park Gate (DRC)
In the evening we again visited the Eastbourne Downs for the
Pale Variety of Bee Orchid with 40 seen at Beachy Head (DC)