Wild Orchids of South East England 2
- Location: Juniper Hall
- Tutor: Simon Harrap
- Date: Sunday 10 June 2018
- Level: Open for Everyone
- NON-RESIDENT: £60
- NON RESIDENT FOR DAY 1 & DAY 2 (£20 DISCOUNT): £100
We will look for one of Box Hill’s rarest orchid, Man Orchid, as well as the rather commoner Pyramidal Orchid, before heading north-west to areas of damp grassland, heathland and bog. We will be looking for Southern Marsh and Common Spotted Orchids and should also find the hybrid between these two closely-related species, allowing us to discuss the identification of this complex group. In areas of bog we should find good numbers of Early Marsh Orchid of the distinctively-coloured subspecies pulchella, including some white-flowered albino forms. We should also find Heath Spotted Orchid and perhaps the rare hybrid Heath x Early Marsh Orchid. The heathland and bog also support a very wide range of interesting plants, from sundews and bladderworts to Bogbean and Common Wintergreen.
This course can be combined with Wild Orchids of South East England 1, 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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