Orchids flower in middle of Bury

Bee orchids on a verge in Shillitoe Close, Bury St Edmunds
Bee orchids on a verge in Shillitoe Close, Bury St Edmunds

The last place you expect to find orchids is a housing estate verge but Suzanne Murrell found three flowering bee orchids beside the road in Shillitoe Close, Bury St Edmunds, last week.

Suzanne recognised the flower immediately and ried to protect them with sticks.

“I’ve never seen them there before and I’ve lived here many years,” she said.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust says the bee orchid, whose flower looks as is a bee is on it, are ‘not as rare as people maythink’ but the destruction of grassland and agricultural intensification has isolated populations.

Bee orchids may flower only once in their life and they take six years to get to that stage. They often colonise disturbed ground, disappearing when more robust plants take over.