Contributor: Judy Dunford
Orton has a wealth of wild orchids growing in the parish. Where they are found they grow in profusion, with many of them cross-breeding to make numerous variations. The smallest of the orchids found in the parish is the Frog Orchid. It is only three to four inches tall and very difficult to spot as it looks much like the grass it grows amongst. The orchid found least often is the Butterfly Orchid. There are only a few specimens and they do not appear each year. The Heath Spotted Orchid is only found occasionally as well.
People visiting the parish to see the orchids are always amazed by the number of them, saying they get excited in other places if they find one or two flowers in a season. Orchids are very fussy about disturbance of their growing areas and very quickly die out if their habitat is not respected. Riding trail bikes or horses where they grow soon destroys them as does people regularly parking cars on their growing areas. Cutting grass before the seeds are ripe also has an adverse effect on their survival.