I write this article mid-lockdown, an unprecedented time in recent history. During this period, whilst we are confined indoors, my mind uncontrollably wanders to the wild, inherently outside places that are home to our iconic wildlife such as orchids. Memories of these and hopes of seeing them again keep me in awe. This article is all about the orchids of the Anglesey Fens; the region on the east side of the island between Benllech and Llangefni. I will be featuring species which are conserved through our work on the fens and in the wider landscape through the Living Landscape project.
It is now spring, thank goodness(!), and with that, the longer days and increased daylight is giving our wildflowers the boost they need to grow like mad. Amongst the marshes, grasslands and woodlands, the orchid spikes are appearing.