Beautiful Orchids

13/06/16 9:53pm by Lucy Kennaway

When Escot re-wilded the 8 acre area of the old ice ponds & reintroduced water voles, another unexpected species to reappear was the southern, (or leopard) marsh orchid, native to Britain and central Europe.  Initially in 1995 a handful appeared, having presumably been suppressed for decades by grazing stock. Within a few years there were dozens, & now well over a hundred. They have also appeared & are flourishing in our beaver enclosure.  Although vegetarian, so far the beavers seem disinterested in these orchids. 

 

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