Starbotton in Wharfedale

It should be so easy. Just take a picture and look it up in the book later. I thought this was an Early Purple but the book says that that orchid has blotched leaves and this one definately didn’t. On the slopes of Moor End Fell above Starbotton in upper Wharfedale.


Wild Orchid, Cliff Ridge Wood

I think this is the Common Spotted Orchid but my book says it prefers lime so I’m not sure. It seems happy growing in the disused whinstone quarry in Cliff Ridge Wood, a National Trust property at Great Ayton. It seems a perilous place to survive  kids making fires and burning anything they can get their hands on.