A profusion of orchids

There’s a large meadow at the Knapp and Papermill nature reserve which was looking spectacular this week, awash with flowers – and in particular with orchids. Although I’ve seen clumps of orchids before, I’ve never seen so many in one place – certainly hundreds, probably thousands.

Large numbers of common spotted orchids at the Knapp and Papermill reserve (click to enlarge)

Large numbers of common spotted orchids at the Knapp and Papermill reserve (click to enlarge)

A clump of over 50 common spotted orchids: some patches were even denser

A clump of over 50 common spotted orchids: some patches were even denser (click to enlarge)

There were plenty of other flowers mixed with the orchids.

There were plenty of other flowers mixed with the orchids (click to enlarge)

For information about common spotted orchids, go here.