Gwent Wildlife Trust Senior Ecologist Andy Karran gives us the lowdown on orchids flowering in Gwent this spring and summer
Gwent is home to a huge diversity of plants and animals, ranging from the common to the rare, the plain to the gaudy. There is however one group of flora that particularly seems to excite and intrigue, as they have the kudos of being both rare and very attractive: this is the orchid. In my job visiting Local Wildlife Sites, many times the first thing I am told with great pride is how the orchids are flourishing or asked how do I encourage orchids if the fields do not have them? So I thought this guide would make an interesting read for many of you.