Flies and Fragrants and White Helleborine
Fly orchids are out now. Please keep an eye out for them, there are several old records that need to be refound.
Old 20th century records come from Castle Hill Wood, Totternhoe, where they may still occur. They were also recorded in the wooded area to the west of the Barton cutting above the A6, and also below the wood on the now rather scrubbed over steep hillside.
Other places where they were recorded include in the woods near Clapham, Kempston, Stagsden and Wilstead.
|Fly orchid. Richard Revels|
Any wood on calcareous soil could hold them, and they sometimes also occur in open and semi wooded areas. Chris`s table gives the locations.
|1976||1986||Totternhoe Church End tetrad||Above Cross Keys||SP980219|
|10-Jun-1994||10-Jun-1994||Barton Hills SSSI||TL089298|
|1882||1885||Hyde||Hoo Lodge, near||TL1118|
|1798||1798||Shefford||Chalky pastures near||TL13P|
The first record is the Castle woods, and the Cross Keys does a good coffee and excellent food so there`s no excuse not to visit!
The Barton hills record was from open grassland with scattered scrub and could easily still be present.
Fragrant orchids are just coming out also, and have a more restricted distribution than many other June flowering Orchids in the county. Colonies seem to be fairly static in my experience flowering in the same spot year after year. Here is the table.
|1976||1986||Plough Inn, Eaton Bray tetrad||SP91Z|
|29-Jul-1999||29-Jul-1999||Well Head RNR||SP999203|
|16-Jun-1998||16-Jun-1998||Stockwood Park CWS||TL085190|
|1974||1974||Dunstable Five Knolls tetrad||TL02A|
|1970||1975||Dyers Hall tetrad||TL02P|
|5-Jun-1988||5-Jun-1988||Dallow Downs CWS||TL074214|
|1973||1973||Galley and Warden Hills SSSI||TL092265|
|1864||1864||Judge's Spinney||nr Milton Hill||TL0154|
The Eaton Bray record looks like another opportunity for refreshment!
Stockwood park is a fairly recent record and well worth a look also. They could easily be lurking on Galley and Warden hills and Dallow.
The Well Head Road- side Nature Reserve (RNR) is worth a look and the late date would point to the marsh fragrant form which richard is very keen to photograph.
A free copy of the "Wild Orchids of Bedfordshire" for the first finder of a confirmed Marsh fragrant this year.
The lovely White Helleborine is also well out now.
|1885||1885||Dunstable||Long plantation bordering Roman road to west of||TL02B|
|05/06/1988||05/06/1988||Dallow Downs CWS||TL070213|
|13-Jun-1957||13-Jun-1957||Warden Hills||Triangle Wood||TL02X|
|1976||1986||Cockayne Hatley Church tetrad||TL24P|
Most of these locations are still likely to hold White Helleborines. There is a much more recent record for Leete wood at Barton than the table suggests and i am sure they are there.
Maulden firs close to Galley hill looks agood orchid area.
White Helleborine can grow in open grassland with some scrub, but seem happiest when in woodland, especially with beech trees. Even isolated beech trees in grassland can have them beneath the canopy. White Helleborine thrive on their association with the fungi that live with the beech tree roots.