Todays big surprise was a bird's-nest orchid flowering right next to the path on the top of the hill. I only found this one, and I've never seen them there before, but what a wonderful orchid and a lovely surprise!
I looked up from the orchid and realised a roe deer was watching me (probably wondering what I was doing crawling around on the ground!) It was quite a way from me, but seemed happy to watch me, watching it, before it disappeared into the undergrowth. My second surprise of the morning!
I followed the path across the hill top and back down the other side to a clearing in the trees. I found several common spotted orchids in flower along the side of the path.
A stunning bank of night-scented stock stretched across the clearing. Another beautiful surprise, I assume it had escaped from a garden, or maybe somebody had thrown the seed there. It was certainly thriving and was full of bees and butterflies.
I found several ichneumon wasps crawling around in some nearby hedge garlic and a wolf spider, carrying her egg sac, sat defiantly on a nettle.
|Wolf spider carrying her egg sac|