Springwatch visit to Ynyslas dunes

Wednesday 15 June 2011, 18:03

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Mike Bailey, Senior Reserve Manager, Dyfi - Countryside Council for Wales has just been in touch to tell us about a recent visit from Chris Packham and the Springwatch team who filmed wild orchids there on Tuesday.

Chris Packham visited Ynyslas dunes with a BBC Springwatch camera crew yesterday to film some of site's renowned orchid populations.

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Chris Packham by Juliet Reagan.

On a beautiful sunny morning Juliet Reagan, a local orchid enthusiast and myself we were able to lead Chris to the perfect spot to see and film some of the amazing variety of orchids at Ynyslas.

Chris Packham and crew filming. Image by Juliet Reagan.

Chris Packham and crew filming. Image by Juliet Reagan.

This included a scarce deep red subspecies of Early Marsh orchid, large purple spikes of Southern Marsh orchid and the aptly named' Leopard spot' variety of the Southern Marsh.

We were also able to find a couple of the more elusive Bee orchid, a real floral gem that had the TV presenter waxing lyrical.

Chris Packham and orchids. Image by Juliet Reagan.

Chris Packham and orchids. Image by Juliet Reagan.

Mike Bailey said: It was great to see the programme giving the local flora some attention and Chris Packham's knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject was very impressive".

Thanks for the update Mike and nice to see some of the old crew I worked with for a few weeks back in 2009, still going strong! :)


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