It's a wonderful site, with amazing views and a stunning array of wildlife. The slope was covered in wild thyme and marjoram, which in turn was covered in meadow brown butterflies. It felt and smelt like we were walking through a wild herb garden.
We started searching, but the frogs weren't leaping out of the ground at us. Then I found one small area with twelve lovely bee orchids growing in it. They're amazing orchids, mimicking bees with their furry bodies, antennae and hairy knees! These were tall plants with several open flowers on each stem.
Then, growing nearby, Mum spotted our first frog orchid. They're not as glamorous as the bee orchids, but after all our searching it was very exciting to actually find one. I struggle a bit to see a frog shape in the flower, but I suppose it could look a little like a frogs body with outstretched legs behind. I think whoever named them must have had a very vivid imagination!
Now we were on a roll, so carried on searching, expecting to find lots more. We looked everywhere, but only found that one! Never mind, we'd seen one and we found other orchids and lots of butterflies during our hunt, including common blues, a green hairstreak, small heaths and meadow browns.
|Pyramidal orchid just starting to flower|
|Common spotted orchid|
What a great way to spend a morning and finally we found a frog orchid! I still feel like there should be more though, so may just have to go back to Aston Rowant for another look up there!