Collage of wildflowers and butterflies


Articles about local plant life, particularly the flora found on the now relatively rare unimproved limestone grassland of the Common.

This illustrates the distribution of different types of relatively common orchid across Minchinhampton Common using observations mainly collected in May and June 2018. (Some orchids, such as Autumn Ladies Tresses are therefore not represented.)

The pop-up should show latitude and longitude. Index numbers start with a letter that indicates:

  • B ==> Bee orchid
  • C ==> Common Spotted Orchid
  • F ==> Fragrant Orchid
  • G ==> Green Winged Orchid
  • P ==> Pyramidal Orchid

The association of orchids along side the roads is partly determined by land usage:

  • No golf fairways are very close to road sides so the sward is not mown.
  • Footpaths are generally away from road sides, so there is less ground disturbance. (Note, however, that many orchids are found in association with the "ramparts", and some of these do have regularly walked footpaths.)

However, although I have not systematically mapped areas that have been surveys and found to have low orchid frequency, they are indeed largely absent from large areas of our Common which I have regularly walked. More systematic mapping is required to clearly show unpopulated areas. 




Good to see a few (five) Pasque flowers not far from the Duke of Burgundy site (two) on Rodborough Common on Sunday.

But we did not see any Pasque flowers elsewhere on the Common this year.

On Minchinhampton Common this morning. Not the liveliest specimen we have ever seen.

Autumn Lady's Tresses These now appear to be as abundant as they get on the Common with flowers fully developed. Although we have not done a systematic count (just counting the easily spotted specimens as we walk through the usual patches) they look about the same as last year. This week we also spotted a patch previously unknown to us near the Fort on Rodborough, again on an unsystematic count-as-we-walk it has about 20 easily spotted examples. 


Showing the distribution of a type of flora.