A fellow member of the Wychwood Flora Group (the successor to the Cotswolds Rare Plant Group) owns several hectares of pasture near to Leafield where she raises a few Dexter cattle, but with the primary aim of creating a worthwhile flora. It's a delightful spot especially on a sunny day. This morning she showed me an area where she has around 150 Green-winged orchids (Anacamptis morio is I think the current preferred name, though it might have changed yet again before I have finished writing this piece), and sure enough after a bit of searching and passing by the superficially similar plants of Ribwort plantain, we found a few rosettes. The orchids were on quite a steep east-facing bank and should be coming into flower at the end of April. She also has Common Spotted-orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii), but despite a hands and knees search we found none. Overhead we had a couple of buzzards, a red kite, kestrel, and we heard a green woodpecker and tawny owl in woodland nearby.
It is much more striking than the more common garden plant, (M. armeniacum) with its dark navy fertile flowers tipped with white. Another distinguishing feature is that the leaves are narrower and curl inwards.
It would have been a perfect day were it not for a far from perfect lunch - refer to Tripadvisor!