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Green Man
Sunday 23rd June 2013
Eastbourne - Beachy Head - Frog Orchids.

We jumped on the train and made directly for a particular place on the Eastbourne downs, as we'd been given a grid reference for the location of some Frog Orchids which we have hoped to see for ages now.
The area was completely cloaked in purple Common Spotted Orchids of all sizes but our prey is a tiny, easily-overlooked little green plant that needs to be hunted for very carefully. It took us a couple of hours and at least one stop for tea, cake and head-scratching until eagle-eyed Gill finally located them. We counted 25 of them in all in the one small area. What a beautiful plant made all the more attractive from the long hunt for them.

Please do not pick any wild flowers, especially Orchids. Most plants are endangered and protected.

Common Spotted Orchids

A Frog! Woo Hoo!


A tiny plant that you could easily miss. You have to look hard!


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