The glades and fringes of the meadows were full of cowwheat today but there was no sign of any heath fritillaries. In fact we only saw three miserable meadow browns and a speckled wood in the entire course of a long walk. The meadows are also full of rattle but it has only grown to a few inches above the ground. There were some butterfly orchids (the smaller more fragile 'lesser' variety) and lots of marsh orchids. The structure of the cowwheat flower is fascinating, and the little fur collar on the hood is virtually imperceptible to the naked eye.