I have been fortunate to be allowed free rein on starting a study of the plants, which hopefully will lead to a long term demographic study. The plants are in two patches around 75 yards apart, separated by a forest track, and the farmer has enclosed each group with a four foot fence to keep out deer (conveniently the North and South enclosures) The canopy, of hazel and beech, shades the plants to quite a degree and we made some measures of the light levels. Bramble and Dog's mercury surround the orchids.
|Plant #89 in Fruit|
|Plant #84 in Fruit|
Analysis will follow, but an early observation is that the fruiting success of the earliest flowering plants was much the same as those that flowered a couple of weeks later.