Monthly Archives: June 2013

Bee Orchids in the City Centre

Bee orchids are fantastic plants, and I wouldn’t necessarily expect to see them in the middle of Nottingham.  So it was great to find a group of these intriguing flowers on a patch of wasteland not far from the centre :


The remarkable plant does a good job of resembling a bumble bee resting on a pink flower….


The wasteland site, also known as “The Island”, is a former industrial site (including a Boots pharmaceutical factory) on the Sneinton edge of the city centre.  Although there have been various grandiose plans to develop the site, it fortunately remains as an important marginal location for wildlife and informal recreation.  It’s also the focus of the Wasteland Twinning initiative in Nottingham, which is asking interesting questions about the value and perception of the site.


Bee orchids are not uncommonly found these days on ex-industrial sites, and it’s important to acknowledge the significance such land can have for wildlife – they are often more diverse than greenfield agricultural deserts, and should not just be seen as “blank canvasses” for development.


Here’s another photo from Nic Cairns – an extreme close-up of flowers of the Elder tree….


I like this unusual view of the flowers, which was taken on the St. Anns allotments. Thanks Nic!

Meadow Flowers in Colwick Woods

Thanks to Nic Cairns for these great photos of meadow flowers, from Colwick Woods :

IMG_2810This is a bee-level view of a diverse wild-flower meadow, a habitat which has been dramatically reduced – over 98% of such meadows have been lost in the last 50 years.  It’s good to see a good example like this so close to the city centre.

Nick also took some interesting close-ups of individual flowers :

IMG_2751Spot the ant!


I hope to feature more of Nic’s photos on the blog in the future.