Red Horse Chestnut
After returning home for a late breakfast we headed out again - for a visit to Thelnetham Fen and a walk in the upper Little Ouse Valley there. I started off with my annual look at the the big numbers of Early Marsh Orchids ssp incarnata, Southern Marsh Orchids and a myriad of hybrids before we set off on a really lovely walk along the well maintained network of paths by the fledgling river and on to Hinderclay Fen. Here I found a Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, a nice female Hairy Dragonfly that sat still munching a fly and some nice bits of botanical interest - Brooklime, the scarce Great Yellow Cress, Sweet Alison and Common Fumitory.
Early Marsh Orchids, ssp incarnata
Southern Marsh Orchid
Southern Marsh x Early Marsh Orchid hybrid
Great Yellow Cress