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Newport's orchid walk

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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 15:31 UK time, Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Orchids are one of those things that are something of a mystery to UK residents, with a public perception of exotic rarities clinging to hillsides deep in the Amazon, fetching hundreds of pounds for a single bloom.

Well, think again because Welsh meadows are teeming with orchids and this weekend the RSPB is showing off up to six orchid species at its Newport Wetlands site. The annual Wetlands In Bloom guided walk will take in the pyramidal orchid, the southern marsh and the common spotted species. RSPB Wales say, "If we're lucky we may also see the amazing bee orchid".

See pictures of orchids in our BBC Wales Nature Flickr group.

Also over the summer months you can look out for other wildlife such martins, swifts, swallows and dragonflies darting past you on the paths and trails around the reserve.

More details: http://www.rspb.org.uk/events/details.asp?id=tcm:9-249159

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