Just an ordinary English field in early summer, with blue sky and white clouds above. But all is not what it seems. This is a special field, and at this time of the year it's very special indeed.
The Monkey Orchids are at their best at the moment, and an excursion to a very English valley is rewarded by the sight of tens, if not hundreds of these rare plants amid the carefully managed grassland.
This rare orchid now only grows (in Britain) in Oxfordshire and Kent, and this may be the site where hand-pollination has led to an increase from the original six plants to over 200 in ten years.
The derivation of the Monkey Orchid's name is self-evident, and it differs from the similar Military Orchid most noticeably by the curly 'limbs', which in the Military are broader and flatter. The Military Orchid has been found in Kingsdown in the past, but not (so far as I know) recently.
Nearby, a blotchy set of leaves announced the imminent arrival of Common Spotted Orchid flowers,