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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 01.1 October 1989

Identification - British Bee Orchids

By - Paul Harcourt Davies

Many botanists, amateur and professional alike, can vividly remember the occasion on which they saw their very first Bee Orchid. The excitement is renewed, in the June of each successive year, when these intriguing flowers appear on chalk and limestone quarries. The rather fleshy 'lip' with its rounded edges and patterning produces an uncanny likeness to a small bee - with spreading sepals and small petals the deception can become almost complete.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist