On the chalk grassland, there were plenty of signs that the orchids are on the way. I found lots of small spotty leaves and the larger leaves of the Greater Butterfly Orchid that's about to flower. Fly orchids flower there, so I'll have to go back with Bug Mad Girl in a week or two to see if we can find them.
|Spotty orchid leaves|
|Greater Butterfly Orchid (thanks to Mick the warden for help with the id)|
There were plenty of other flowers to admire ...
|Cowslips were out in the meadow|
|Hedge garlic - foodplant of the Orange Tip caterpillar|
|Spurge growing in the woods|
|Yellow archangel (yellow dead-nettle)|
It was a bit chilly and breezy for the butterflies, but I did see a male orange tip and a tortoiseshell as I was leaving. It's a lovely reserve and I'm looking forward to going back to see the orchids.