These beautiful little orchids with their velvety brown 'spider' like flowers are nationally scarce and confined to short coastal turf along south-central to southeastern England. They are among the very first orchids to flower and no orchid season would be complete without seeing them.
|The Dorset coast, Early Spider country...|
|Early Spider Orchid|
|Flowers resemble a spider?|
|No more than a few cm tall|
you have to watch where you step!
A search for reptiles in the warm conditions also proved fruitful with 4 adders seen, including 3 males.
|Adder Vipera berus, female|
My first of the year!
|Males are silver/grey and stunning.|
|Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara...|
first of the year too.
The morning also yielded our first House Martin's, Swallows, Blackcaps and Willow Warblers of the Spring but the highlight was this flyover Red Kite.
|Red Kite, highlight of the birds seen.|
Next, Early Purple and Green-winged orchids.