It's #nationalmeadowday today. We think the Lower Mill Estate is a pretty good place to spend it. So many beautiful swathes of wild flowers at the moment as you walk around the estate and into the wider Nature Reserve. I took this photo of a Pyramid Orchid with a 5 Spot Burnet Moth a few days ago.
Orchid season is still in full flow and one of the really distinctive orchids that can be seen around the Lower Mill Estate and Cotswold Water Park is the Pyramidal Orchid. It is a highly distinctive wildflower with a pyramid shaped head of distinctive pink flowers.
One of the orchids that can be found on the Lower Mill Estate is the bee orchid. This small orchid is amazing in the way that it imitates a bee visiting it’s flower. The deception is made complete by the ‘bee’ part being hairy and the flower emitting the scent of a female bee. The mimicry is aimed at attracting passing male bees in the hope that they will visit the flower and so aid pollination. Interestingly, in Britain, this feature is unnecessary as the bee orchid is self pollinating. The Bee Orchid was once called the Humble Bee Orchid (Humble being a variation of Bumble) . I rather like that name!
At the moment bee orchids, spotted orchids and pyramid orchids can all be found by the ArtSpa – just a 3 minute walk from Daisy Chain.
The Orchid season is in full bloom and as May moves on to June and July more and more species come into flower. A walk around the Lower Mill Estate and on into Clattinger Farm will treat you to a wonderful show of these rare and delicate flowers. Among the species that can be seen locally are Burnt Orchid, Bee Orchid, Common Twayblade, Common Spotted Orchid, Early Marsh Orchid, Southern Marsh Orchid, Heath Spotted Orchid and Green Winged Orchid.
Thank you to our recent guests for this fabulous photo taken at Clattinger Farm.
Two weeks ago when we visited Clattinger Farm, a fabulous lowland meadow of international importance for its hay meadow wildflowers, it was filled with cowslips and snakeshead fritillaries. We looked for orchids and there were just a small handful – in the sort of numbers that you would expect to find in usual places where orchids grow. We returned to the field this weekend and it is now overflowing with orchids in spectacular numbers – such a rare and beautiful sight. They will continue to flower during May and into June.
Clattinger Farm is the next farm to the Lower Mill Estate and well worth a visit during your Cotswold Family Holiday.
From mid April to the end of May the Cotswolds are home to some magnificent displays of wild flowers. The spectacle begins in North Meadow, Cricklade with a spring time display of snakeshead fritillaries of international importance. A staggering 80% of Britain’s snakeshead fritillaries grow on this 110 acre site. The meadow is open to the public and guided walks are also arranged.
Just a 20 minute walk from Daisy Chain lies Clattinger Farm, a precious remnant of Britain’s ancient hay meadows. The farm is considered the finest remaining example of a typical lowland hay meadow in the UK.
Clattinger farm is a unique gem – a fabulous lowland grassland meadow of international importance for its hay meadow wildflowers. A visit to Clattinger between April and June is a real treat, with the fields alive with wild flowers. The show starts in April with the delicate nodding heads of snakeshead fritillary. As the summer moves on a range of orchids can be found – in their hundreds along with many other rare and beautiful species. A real treat for wildflower enthusiasts and photographers.
Clattinger Farm is just a short walk from Daisy Chain.