Wild Orchids of South East England
- Centre: Juniper Hall
- Tutor: Simon Harrap
- Dates : Friday 01 June to Sunday 03 June
- Level: Open for Everyone
- Non-Resident: £160
- Shared Room: £205
- Sole Occupancy: £225
The course will cover the identification, ecology and distribution of wild orchids as well as the astonishing pollination mechanisms which have evolved. The chalk downs of southern England are renowned for their orchids and a third of the 50 British species of wild orchid grow on and around Box Hill. Of these, about 12 species should be in flower at this time of year. Recent studies of population biology and propagation techniques will be discussed in the context of their contribution to orchid conservation. The field excursions will provide plenty of opportunities for photography. No previous knowledge is necessary; this is a course for anyone interested in wild orchids. By combining this course with the later orchid course at Kindrogan you will see almost half of all British orchid species.
Simon Harrap is a freelance naturalist and photographer, specialising in flowers and birds. He has authored several books, including Orchids of Britain and Ireland: A Field and Site Guide (with Anne Harrap), Flowers of the Norfolk Broads and Flowers of the Norfolk Coast, as well as Tits, Nuthatches and Treecreepers and Where to Watch Birds in Britain. For over 25 years he has been leading overseas birdwatching tours as well as organising botanical walks and workshops in Norfolk.
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This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.
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