Two years in the valley with hardly any Bee Orchids. Last year there were none because of the dry weather, but, this year we have had plenty of rain, therefore the bulbs were able to expand and bring the Orchids into flower. I found six sites today in the valley with Bee Orchids, four sites on the Berwick wood side and two sites on the Hornchurch CP side. Numbers at each site were; 9, 3, 1, 2, 9, 7. And thats wandering round in bad weather, there must be more. All the sites were known , and two forms still exist there of the known eight. Ophrys Apifera the type, and Ophrys Apifera Belgarum, a variety. The first four are Typ, and the rest are Bel. It is five years since I found the Belgarum plants, and they are still in that form in the same place. All the plants look extremly healthy and most have just started flowering. This is Bee Orchid week.
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