Thirty DPA and Devon Wildlife Trust volunteers gathered at Pudsham Meadows for the annual orchid count on 13th June.  The weather and the flowering season were in our favour this year.
Orchid counters in Pudsham Meadow

Orchid counters in Pudsham Meadow

 

Pairs and small groups each surveyed one species in one field.

 

Orchid counting in Small Field

Orchid counting in Small Field

 

Orchid counting in Small Field

Orchid counting in Small Field

 

We came up with the grand total of 3664 (give or take a few) of four species: Heath Spotted-orchid, Southern Marsh-orchid, Twayblade and Greater Butterfly-orchid.

 

Coffee break

Coffee break

 

The supplies at coffee break were even more varied than usual – there were FIVE cakes to choose from – as a birthday celebration was included.

 

Bracken pulling in Goat Field

Bracken pulling in Goat Field

 

Once the counting was over many people pulled bracken from Small and Goat Fields.
Bracken pulling Goat Field

Bracken pulling Goat Field

 

The areas which had been pulled last year showed a reduction in height and density of bracken compared with the mown and strimmed areas.  This should help speed up the reduction in bracken and allow the flowers to flourish.