It's Orchid time again and all around Shipley Park and the Woodside Nature Reserve, these delicate-looking little flowers are popping up all over the place. By far the most numerous are the Common Spotted Orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii).
Closely related to the Common Spotted, the Southern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa) is also fairly common around here. The flowers are rather similar to the Common Spotted, but the leaves are not marked and the flowers tend to be somewhat darker.
By far the most exciting orchid to be found around the Woodside Nature Reserve, is the Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera).