By the end of May the site started to look really dry and parched, with the paths clearly taking a real hammering from visitors. Sadly, this also saw a large burn mark appear at the top of the orchid slope, left by an inconsiderate visitor who decided to have a BBQ up there and to leave their mess burning the grass and soil. I even found a discarded pair of BBQ tongs in the grass!!
Still, as the hybrids and monkey orchids vanish (they have all finished flowering now) the bee orchids have started to appear and, much to my surprise, they are quite large too, over in slope 4 (beyond the beech tree at the top).