Photo gallery Mull Orchids
     The very rare Birds Nest Orchid (Neottia nidus-avis)

It is an offence under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 
to 'deliberately or recklessly pick, collect, cut, uproot or destroy a wild plant'.

Birds nest Orchid
Birds nest Orchid at an undisclosed site

flower head of the Birds Nest Orchid

This rare orchid is found in deep woodland shade

It  does not make any chlorophyll and lives by feeding off the decaying leaf litter, prepared for it by a fungus which lives in the matted "birds nest" of roots. The plants do not appear every year.

The Birds nest Orchid is extremley rare on Mull and only two sites are known (July 2012)

This is the site of Alan Spellman Maridon Lochdon Isle of Mull PA64  6AP