Orchids at Barton Fields

Early Marsh and Southern Marsh Orchids are present on Barton Fields
© Michael Bloom

When we started managing Barton Fields there were no orchids present. Eight years ago one Pyramidal Orchids appeared at the town-end of the field, and numbers have increased year by year since then, until last week I counted nine, now widely dispersed, including one in a mid-field area which we mow each year.

Marsh Orchids (Early or Southern) also appeared for the first time this year. Four were in flower in the lower part of the Wildflower Meadow last month.

from David Guyoncourt: 21 June 2014