Grass verges are a very important source of food and shelter for many species of wildlife, including butterflies and bees.
It is great to see around my local patch that only the verges on a junction or corner have been cut for safety.
If you look closely in to the mass of grasses and nettles there are a surprising amount of wildflowers in each patch.
For the second year I went to a particular patch just off a busy dual carriageway where I know both Pyramidal and a single bee orchid grow.
Bee orchids, although the flower mimics a bee and in some species of orchid this is to attract bees, this bee orchid generally self pollinates.
The Bee orchid can grow 15cm to 50cm tall, with usually 6 flowers. Bee orchids sometimes only flower once in their lifetime. They can take as long as five to eight years before they reach a flowering stage.
They can be found on dry, open, grassy slopes but also frequently on industrial waste ground, road verges, quarries and gravel pits.
Pyramidal orchids can also be found on road verges, quarries, gravel pits as well as coastal grassland. They grow up to 25cm high.
It is only the young flowers that has the pyramidal shape. Once they open fully they will become oval or egg-shaped. They start flowering March to April but are mostly seen through June and July.
Grass verges need to be cut in order prevent vigorous grasses taking over everything. Cutting in late July will allow wild flowers the opportunity to flower and set seed.