When visiting, there is a host of rare and interesting flora and fauna to be found throughout the valley and we have compiled the following list of just some of those to look out for whilst treading the footpaths and bridleways.
Bee orchids are fascinating and beautiful plants that certainly live up to their name. Each flower looks like it has a female bee resting on it and even gives off the scent of a female bee. These remarkable adaptations are in fact an effective deception to lure a real bee to come and mate.
In most bee orchid species the excited male insect becomes covered in pollen, in turn pollinating the next orchid he visits.
Scarlet Elf Cup
The fungus grows on decaying sticks and branches in damp spots on woodland floors, generally buried under leaf litter or in the soil. The cup-shaped fruit bodies are usually produced during the cooler months of winter and early spring. The brilliant red interior of the cups—from which both the common and scientific names are derived—contrasts with the lighter-coloured exterior.
Reeves’s muntjac has been introduced to England, with wild deer descended from escapees from the Woburn Abbey estate around 1925. Muntjacs have expanded very rapidly, and are now present in most English counties south of the M62 motorway and have also expanded their range into Wales.