Conservation Successes

Orchids at Barton Fields

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

Pyramidal orchids seen inn the past few years inspired designation as a Road Verge Nature Reserve
© Michael Bloom

New Road Verge Nature Reserve 

I have persuaded Oxfordshire County Council to designate a small triangular area at the bottom of Hinksey Hill as a Road Verge Nature Reserve. This grassy area is particularly rich in Pyramidal Orchids.

from Michael Bloom

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