Monday, 28 March 2016

Presa de Embalse de Iznajar, Malaga Provnce.

Orchid devastation.

Jayne and I had a tour of the garden centres around Cabra and came back via Embalse de Iznajar where in past years I have found hundreds of Orchids of many different species but when I we arrived today I was very disappointed that the area was being ripped to bits by several logging vehicles and most of the trees had been felled. None of this years Dark Spider (Ophrys incubacea), Woodcock (Orquídea becada / Ophrys scolopax), Small Woodcock (Orquídea abejera becada / Ophrys picta), Giant (Himantoglossum robertiana), Mirror (Ophrys speculum subsp speculum) and Sawfly Orchids (Flor de avispa / Ophrys tenthredinifera subsp tenthredinifera) survived and I only found 1x Yellow Bee (Orquídea Abejera / Ophrys lutea), 9x Naked / Italian Man (Orquídea italiana / Orchis italica) and 6 of the hundred or so Bumblebee Orchids (Orquídea abejorro / Ophrys bombyliflora) as the rest were crushed under the trees.

Photographs from the top: 2x Bumblebee Orchids (Orquídea abejorro / Ophrys bombyliflora), Naked / Italian Man (Orquídea italiana / Orchis italica) and several views of the damage.

1 comment:

Gravel Pit Birder said...

Orchids....i know how you feel....here in Tunbridge Wells the council have, for several years, mown down some orchids on a small piece of grass/verge....i decided to rescue them a while back but by the time i had got there the guy had been and managed to mow them down apart from the remains of one which now lives in my garden. i went back last year but none had appeared....i assume the council had finally killed them off...but will look again this year....just in case....

graham