Red poppies growing in a field with Dorset pink opium poppies.

A scattering of red poppies growing in Dorset amongst pink opium poppies. July 2021.

I had hoped to be able to show some photos of red poppy fields in Dorset but, sadly, there don’t seem to be as many red poppies this year – not fields of them, anyway.

Having travelled far and wide throughout the county in search of these beautiful and elusive flowers, up until the end of June I had drawn a blank. During that time I must have clocked up several hundred miles looking, and it seems nobody else can find any either.

What has happened to the red poppy fields of Dorset this year? Is it the weather, different farming methods, or perhaps the flowers are just self-isolating!

Until recently, the only Dorset red poppy field that I knew about was the one at Badbury Rings, near Wimborne. That said, that particular poppy field has been ‘commercialised’ by the National Trust (well, I think so). Trees have been planted, areas fenced off with paths, and signs advertise “Poppy field parking”. Additionally, there are nowhere near as many poppies in there as there have been in the last couple of years.

Dorset poppies – at last!

On 30th June I found a Dorset red poppy field – finally! There was no access to the field, but it was still a beautiful view of red poppies scattered amongst the wheat.

In July I found more red poppies growing amongst a field of pink opium poppies (Papaver somniferum).

Dorset red poppies in a field.

Dorset red poppies growing in a field of wheat.

Wiltshire poppy fields

The best red poppy fields I found were actually over the border in Wiltshire, where I spotted four of them in one day. In the one where I chose to take my photos (see below), handily, a man was doing some fencing there, so I was able to get permission to go in to the field to take photos.

Red poppy field Wiltshire.

A beautiful red poppy field in Wiltshire.

Field of red poppies Wiltshire.

A field of red poppies in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire red poppies in a field.

Red poppies in a Wiltshire field.