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Lady's Slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus)

Observed: 3rd June 2011 By: davidashurstdavidashurst’s reputation in Plantsdavidashurst’s reputation in Plantsdavidashurst’s reputation in Plantsdavidashurst’s reputation in Plants
Lady's Slipper - Cypripedium calceolus 07
Lady's Slipper - Cypripedium calceolus 07 1

Large numbers of Lady's Slipper Orchids have been planted back in the wild as part of a joint project between Natural England and the Wildlife Trusts of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. The re-introduction project is attempting to make the species as common in the region as it was in pre-Victorian times. In the coming years it should be possible to see Lady's Slipper Orchids in flower in May at many sites. One site where it is not thought necessary to keep it secret is Gait Barrows NNR

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must go and visit

I didn’t know about this project very interesting. Thanks


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Lady Slipper orchid

Hi Rose

Early June was a little late to see the plants at their best - I'll try mid May next year. You won't miss them - there is a sign posted trail around the reserve and the plants are marked with plastic tape!!!

There are several patches of plants that are spreading from the original introduced ones.

Gait Barrow is worth visiting just for its amazing limestone pavement.

If in the area also take in Scout Scar near Kendal and Humphrey Head near Grange

Try : http://www.cumbria-wildlife.org.uk/ladys_slipper.html

Best regards