On Wednesday 12th June I woke up to another grey day, the only positive was that it wasn’t raining. I wasn’t sure I would take my camera but I decided to “just in case”. I headed towards Hambledon Hill and decided I would walk round the base towards Shroton Brake.

My niece had posted some images of Orchids on Fontmell Down on Facebook and it made me think that Hambledon Hill is the same habitat of chalk downland so it should have the same flowers. Normally I am looking for landscapes or wildlife in the trees and hedgerows so I had to change my mindset and look to the ground. I pass an area where there are many Common Spotted Orchids out at the moment and started my search.

I first saw the Butterfly Orchids and then I spotted a tiny Bee Orchid, I was really excited about that, so close to home! They are really small but once I saw one I then saw several plants.

Of course there were the Common Spotted Orchids and a couple of late Early Purple Orchids. The Pyramidal Orchids are just coming out lots of small budded flowers.

There were plenty of Twayblades blending in with the greenery, looking a little tatty but once I started to look there were many of them.

My final spot was the lovely white Fragrant Orchid very delicate and beautiful.

Bee Orchid
Bee Orchid
Bee Orchid
Bee Orchid
Bee Orchid
Bee Orchid
Butterfly Orchid
Butterfly Orchid
Butterfly Orchid
Butterfly Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid
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Pyramidal Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid
Fragrant Orchid
Fragrant Orchid

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