Wild Orchids in the South Downs

Wildflower landscapes

Wild Orchids in the South Downs by Matthew Thomas

Image details - Wild Orchids in the South Downs

Photographer: Matthew Thomas (see profile)
Competition: Competition 16

Category: Wildflower Landscapes

Location: South Downs National Park, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom


Species-rich chalk grassland has been described as 'the rainforest of England' – they are home to an array of plants and creatures, with up to 40 species in just one square metre of turf. Here at Washington Chalk Pits on the Wiston Estate; common spotted orchids, wild thyme, cowslips, salad burnet, quaking grass and other species grow together. Captured at sunset in June, with multiple images focus stacked together.


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