Yesterday, I was happy to see the wild orchids in bloom in Folly Bog, and those at the edges of the track running alongside the fence line of the Bisley & Pirbright ranges.
The variability in the appearance of native orchids, through natural hybridisation, makes identification a bit of a nightmare. I think my identification is probably correct. At the track edge you’ll find the Heath Spotted Orchid. They have heavily mottled leaves. Their flower colour range is variable, from dark pink to white.
To see the other orchid variety – the Early Marsh Orchid – you’ll have to venture down from the track into Folly Bog. While it’s not too boggy at the moment, a few more days of heavy rain can make a big difference. Here are my photos: from left to right, orchids alongside the heathland track, the Heath Spotted, and the Early Marsh Orchid – click on images to expand.
Should you want to read about my travails, over the years, in identifying local native orchids, type the word orchid into the search box at the top right of the page.