During June in Gulberwick it was nice to see many wild orchids - known in Shetland as ‘curl-dodies’ or ‘curly-dodies’. The two most common species in Shetland are Heath Spotted and Northern Marsh. Common Spotted-orchid also occurs in localised areas in the South Mainland and Unst. Identification is made more complicated by the propensity of these species to hybridise (see Mike Pennington’s interesting recent blog post, Awkward Orchids). The species in the photo above I think is Northern Marsh-orchid.
[Gulberwick during Lockdown collection - Image 44 of 80]