Early purple orchids in June mark the start of the orchid season along the Tees after which the summer months are a succession of colour and form as our different species start to flower. Orchids are some of our most charismatic native plants, showy but unpredictable, their seeds feather light to aid dispersal and the plants dependent on an association with fungi to help with growth.

We are very lucky here on Teesside, our mix of woodland, grassland, brownfield sites and coastal dunes along and around the river enable us to enjoy a wide variety of orchid species from May in to July including the vibrantly coloured Northern Marsh Orchid, the sweet smelling Fragrant Orchid, the neatly distinctive Pyramidal Orchid and the enigmatic Bee Orchid. We have a couple of flower walks planned for the summer to help people with wild flower identification at North Gare on the 27th June and at the Maze Park Nature Reserve nature reserve on 11th July. Check the website at www.riverteesrediscovered.org for more information and to book...