There are over 50 recorded species of wildflower in the wildflower meadows at Anglesey Abbey. Amongst the flowers growing here you'll find a variety of orchids, including the pyramidal orchid, bee orchid and spotted orchid.
As we head into summer, the wildflower meadows begin to bloom and the orchids emerge on the chalkland hillsides of Dunstable Downs. Did you know that chalk grasslands are home to a huge range of different species? They are comparable to rainforests in their biodiversity as you can find up to 40 different species per square metre.
From late May, you'll witness fantastic displays of buttercups that create a sea of yellow across the main plain at Hatfield Forest. At last count there were an estimated 300 million flowers here, supporting an abundance of wildlife.
We've added the wildflowers that you'll see in the orchard meadow at Oxburgh Hall. However, if you head from My Lady’s Wood into the Wash Pit, you'll find a natural wetland meadow in which orchids and fritillaries grow. Originally part of a wider fenland landscape, here you'll be able to spot southern marsh orchids flowering in mid-summer.
Wildflowers take centre stage at Wicken Fen in late spring and early summer. Look out for orchids, yellow rattle, oxeye daisies, meadow rue, yellow flag and comfrey. Keep your eyes peeled, as more come into flower.
Without insects our lives would be very different, they help keep the balance of nature. Butterflies, dragonflies, bees and beetles, they all help keep the natural world turning and here are some to look out for in the East of England.