May 03 2022

Spring has sprung – the orchids of Kent

Spring is here in all its glory and heralded by some fantastic wildlife sightings, not least from our woodland flowers. At Earley Wood in Kent, our volunteer warden, wildlife monitor and orchid specialist, Dr Rob Lyne, has kindly documented some of the superb colors emerging on site recently, enjoying the early purple orchids and some other floral favourites.

 

Group of early purple orchids

 

Early purple orchid

 

Early purple orchid, clearly showing spotted leaves

 

Yellow archangel coming into flower

 

Wood anemones

 

Bluebells

 

Herb Paris, an ancient woodland indicator species

 

It’s easy to see why Earley Wood is part of the North Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. If you would like to visit, please see more information here: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/earley-wood/

You can also find out more about the early purple orchid, and explore other orchids, here: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/plants/wild-flowers/early-purple-orchid/

 

Thanks again to Dr Rob Lyne for all images and his time, obviously extended to all volunteers who support our sites, keeping them looking beautiful and creating the habitats that allow such beautiful species to thrive.

 

Words: Anna Claxton, Volunteer Development Officer, South East

Pictures: Dr Rob Lyne, Volunteer Warden and Wildlife Monitor

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