Jersey wild orchid fields open after delay

Jersey orchid in National Trust for Jersey field In the British Isles the loose-flowered orchid can only be seen in the Channel Islands

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Jersey's wild orchid fields have opened after cold and wet weather delayed the blooming of the flowers.

The fields in St Ouen normally open to the public at the start of May.

Jonny Parkes, senior countryside ranger for the National Trust for Jersey, said: "This time last year they were nearly finished flowering, but they're just flowering now."

The Channel Islands are the only place in the British Isles where one species of wild orchids grows naturally.

The Jersey or loose-flowered orchid is purple, pink or white and is different from other varieties as the flowers grow on spikes on long stalks up to 1m (3.3ft) high.

Mr Parkes said the area was popular with islanders and visitors, but urged people to stick to the paths to ensure everybody could enjoy it.

The fields were due to remain open until mid-June, the trust said.

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