Trip reports

Orchid spotting at Queendown Warren

Orchid spotting at Queendown Warren

Thursday, 24 June 2021

It was a fine sunny day after a run of poor weather when we met at Queendown Warren, an ancient royal rabbit warren which has been left to allow native plants to survive, and is now managed carefully by Kent Wildlife Trust.
We came in search of orchids, but noted the birds as well: buzzard, carrion crow, magpie, jay, lesser black-backed gull, black-headed gull, Mediterranean gull, woodpigeon, stock dove (h), collared dove (h), green woodpecker, swift, swallow, wren (h), dunnock (h), robin (h) blackbird, song thrush, goldfinch, whitethroat, blackcap, chiffchaff (h), great tit, long-tailed tit (h).
The orchids were: plenty of fragrant, pyramidal and bee, then a lizard, a common twayblade and a helleborine (not in flower so not sure which species).
While we were at it we noted the following wild flowers: rock rose (abundant), common agrimony, yellow-wort, meadow clary, viper's bugloss, lady's bedstraw, wild mignonette, squinancywort, common gromwell, common milkwort, bittersweet, salad burnet.