Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Early Spiders...

Last weekend marked the start of the orchid season in the UK for my brother and myself  and the weather was perfect for our annual trip to the Dorset coast to look at the Early Spider Orchids.

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?
You decide. 

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.

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