The abundant plant life includes agrimony, Dyer's greenweed, St John's wort, adder's-tongue fern, cowslip and common twayblade, as well as early purple orchid
, common spotted orchid, bee orchid, and greater butterfly orchid, which occur in glades in the scrub.
As you walk on the verge notice the wealth of meadow flowers such as self heal, cow parsley, grasses, veronica, chickweed, white orchid, heath spotted (or common spotted) orchid and early purple orchid
field, which is part of a Stewardship Scheme.
The area supports a rich variety of plants such as agrimony, dyer's greenweed, St John's wort, adder's-tongue fern, cowslip, and common twayblade, as well as early purple orchid
, common spotted orchid, bee orchid, and greater butterfly orchid.
Terry's concern was fuelled by a walk through ancient woodland and site of special scientific interest in Weardale known for its primroses, violets and early purple orchid
There are other orchids growing in the same area, but they are Spotted and Early Purple Orchids
which are much more common.
An impressive flush of Early Purple Orchids
nearby is evidence they have done their job successfully.
Peter explains: "Plant highlights included alternate leaved golden saxifrage, marsh valerian and early purple orchids
Unfortunately, on this walk I had little time to get distracted and so, pausing briefly at some early purple orchids
at Highbury National Nature Reserve, I carried on, reaching Monmouth late in the afternoon comfortably tired, if a little weary.