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Twistelton Scar. Bee Orchid/Ophrys apifera.
© Russell Lovett, Jun 2012
Camera used: Canon 5d

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Found this while walking above Twistelton Scar.
Russell Lovett - 22/Jun/12
Never seen these before, Russell. Are they confined to limestone areas?
David Dear - 24/Jun/12
Have only see one twice before once above the sea cliff,s while climbing at swanage (Limestone) and once at Crimden Dene County Durham growing in the sand slacks behind the dunes, this is also Limestone country, I know they grow on very rough badly fertile ground but can't say if the only grow in Limestone country although that is the only place I have seen them.
Russell Lovett - 24/Jun/12
Just looked this up in my field guide of Orchids of Britain and Ireland, it says. It is usually supposed to favour calcium- rich soils overlaying chalk and limestone as well as ckalky boulder clay, but it is much more widespread and any poor, free-draining soil may be suitable, although there may well be some factor that makes the soil locally more alkaline. So to sum up it sounds like the can be found in most places but it prefers free draining alkaline calcium-rich soils.
Russell Lovett - 24/Jun/12
Thanks for the info, Russell, I think 'free-draining' might be most important, which rules out most of North Wales! Although there are some limestone areas which are noted for the profusion of orchids!
David Dear - 26/Jun/12
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