Jessica Reiderer, Education Co-ordinator
This weekend I spent some time at two of my local NWT reserves - Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe and New Buckenham Common.
|Wild garlic in Lower Wood, Ashwellthorpe|
Lower Wood has definitely become one of my favourite spots. Bluebells continue to bloom throughout the woods - as do hundreds of early purple orchids, and on the other side of the wood, wild garlic is carpeting as far as the eye can see. The smell wafting up from forest floor is just stunning. Large and small whites, orange tips, peacock, common blues as well as large red damselflies could be seen amongst the wild garlic. Herb Paris is also blooming but more difficult to spot.
|Green winged orchid at New Buckenham Common|
My first visit to New Buckenham Common was lovely. I spotted my first dragonfly of the year here on Monday 27 May - a broad bodied chaser, as well as my first skipper. I went to specifically see the green winged orchids and could not believe how many there were. They are just gorgeous, blooming amongst the buttercups and cowslips. I found a lovely little patch of white orchid too. Skimming above the wetlands were large numbers of house martins and swifts - and clearly some swifts have already fledged as watching loud screaming chicks chasing their parents around was very amusing.