Southern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa)
Hertfordshire, England, 1985

This southern marsh orchid was photographed at Blagrove Common, managed as a nature reserve by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. It is an area of poorly drained grassland, on boulder clay.

Grazing by livestock is an essential component of the management of this habitat.

Southern Marsh Orchid