Wild Orchids of South East England 1
- Location: Juniper Hall
- Tutor: Simon Harrap
- Date : Saturday 09 June 2018
- Level: Open for Everyone
- NON-RESIDENT: £60
- NON RESIDENT FOR DAY 1 & DAY 2 (£20 DISCOUNT): £100
We will look at the extensive areas of chalk grassland, scrub and woodland on and around Box Hill. The area has a very rich orchid flora, and we should see around a dozen species, most of them in flower, including White Helleborine, Birdsnest Orchid, Common Twayblade, Greater Butterfly Orchid, Common Spotted Orchid, Chalk Fragrant Orchid, Man Orchid, Bee Orchid and Fly Orchid. Depending on the season, we also have an excellent chance of finding the diminutive, honey-scented Musk Orchid. As well as looking at identification features, we will pay particular attention to the flower structure and pollination mechanisms, and the special relationship between orchids and fungi. Box Hill supports many other interesting plants, including Columbine, Deadly Nightshade and the nationally rare Green Hound’s-tongue, while the dense stands of Box and Yew that cloak much of the hill are unique in Britain.
This course can be combined with Wild Orchids of South East England 2, book both courses for a discounted total of £100.
Simon Harrap is a 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), A Pocket Guide to the Orchids of Britain and Ireland, Harrap’s Wild Flowers, Flowers of the Norfolk Broads and Flowers of the Norfolk Coast, as well as the RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds, Tits, Nuthatches and Treecreepers and Where to Watch Birds in Britain. For over 25 years he led overseas birdwatching tours, specialising in southern Asia and Madagascar, as well as organising botanical walks and workshops in Norfolk. Nowadays, together with Anne Harrap, he manages ‘Natural Surroundings’, a plant nursery, gardens and reserve in North Norfolk dedicated to the promotion of wildlife-friendly gardening, plants and other British wildlife.
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