Nature trail #12
Common spotted orchid
The Common Spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) is the most common of all UK orchids. It grows in many different habitats including woodland, roadside verges, hedgerows, old quarries, sand dunes and marshes. It is in bloom between June and August.
We mark where the orchids are growing as they come up in the spring, so that we don't accidentally damage them. We also put a protective cage over the flowers, otherwise most of them get eaten by browsing animals! In this way we hope to increase seed production. Given how light orchid seeds are, the benefits should extend far beyond the boundaries of Broadacre.