Hardy Orchid Society  


Welcome to the Hardy Orchid Society

We share an interest in the wild, native orchids of Britain and the rest of Europe, as well as those from similar temperate climates throughout the world. Our activities include:


HOS Meetings 2020

Spring Meeting & Plant Show
Sunday 19th April 2020
Unfortunately this meeting has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic
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Seed Sowing Workshop
Hagbourne, Oxfordshire
Sunday 23rd August 2020
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Northern Meeting
St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 5th September 2020
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Autumn Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 8th November 2020
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HOS Field Trips 2020
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all field trips have been suspended until further notice. We will update if restrictions are lifted.

Details on the Field Trips Page
If you have a place booked on a trip, but later decide you cannot go, always contact the leader so that they can invite another member from their reserve list / waiting list

Saturday 16th May: Chappett’s Copse, Hampshire
Leaders: Rosemary Webb & Nigel Johnson, e-mail: NJohnson@hardyorchidsociety.org

Friday 22nd May: East Kent
Leader: Alan Blackman, email: blackman@hardyorchidsociety.org

Saturday 23rd May: Western Hampshire
Leader: David Hughes, email: dhughes@hardyorchidsociety.org

Saturday 30th May: North Downs, near Box Hill, Surrey
Leaders: Ken & Gillian Elsom, email: elsom@hardyorchidsociety.org

Saturday 30th May: Northants / Cambs
Leader: Brian Hodgkin and John & Judy Kingston, e-mail: bhodgkin@hardyorchidsociety.org

Saturday 6th June: Buckinghamshire Chilterns
Leaders: Richard & Geraldine Hogg, e-mail: hogg@hardyorchidsociety.org

Saturday 13th June: Anglesey Fens
Leader: Sue Parker, e-mail: SueParker@hardyorchidsociety.org
Fully booked - reserve list only

Sunday 14th June: Anglesey
Leader: Sue Parker, e-mail: SueParker@hardyorchidsociety.org
Fully booked - reserve list only

Saturday 20th June: around Leeds
Leader: Charlie Philpotts, e-mail: CPhilpotts@hardyorchidsociety.org

Sunday 21st June: Minchinhampton & Rodborough Commons, Gloucestershire
Leaders: Colin & Angela Scrutton and Maureen & Nigel Denman
e-mail: CScrutton@hardyorchidsociety.org
Fully booked - reserve list only

Sunday afternoon 5th July: Greywell Moors, North Hampshire
Leaders: Peter & Jane Vaughan, email: pjvaughan@hardyorchidsociety.org

Saturday 11th July: Cumbria
Leader: Alan Gendle e-mail: AGendle@hardyorchidsociety.org
Fully booked - reserve full

Sunday 12th July: Cumbria
Leader: Alan Gendle e-mail: AGendle@hardyorchidsociety.org
Fully booked - reserve full

Saturday 18th July approx - to be confirmed. Ceredigion, mid-Wales
Leaders: Sue Parker, email: SueParker@hardyorchidsociety.org to register interest

Scientific Show
The next Scientific Show will take place at Kidlington as part of the Autumn meeting on 8th November 2020. CLICK HERE for more information.

NEW Video Competition
A new Video Competition has been added to the programme for the Northern Meetings at Leeds More details HERE.

HOS can accept membership subscription renewals and new member subscriptions via PayPal. Go to the "Join HOS" page to use PayPal.

Management of Roadside Verges for the Benefit of Orchids

In the UK, much of our unimproved grassland including lowland meadows and pasture has been lost and roadside verges now form nearly half of the remaining area. These include significant populations of orchids, including Pyramidal Orchids, Bee Orchids and both Northern and Southern Marsh-orchids. CLICK HERE for background information and advice on the management of roadside verges for the benefit of orchids. Specific advice on when to mow verges containing different species of orchids is also provided.

New Publicity Leaflet

The HOS publicity leaflet has been updated Click here to download the leaflet as a .pdf and contact our publicity officer Sue Parker to request copies to promote the society.

Early-purple Orchid Pollinator Study

Click here for information about the ongoing HOS study of pollination and fruit set frequencies in Orchis mascula.





Photographic Competition 2019

The annual HOS Photographic Competition was held during the Autumn meeting at Kidlington. The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy was won by Gillian Elsom for her print of Ophrys insectifera (below). Gillian also won the Best Projected Image with a photograph of Epipactis helleborine (above). All winning entries can be viewed on the Photographic Competition Pages.

Winter 2020 JHOS Published

The latest Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. The cover image (above) shows Steve Pickersgill’s first-placed photograph of Caladenia harringtoniae from Class 5 in the HOS Photographic Competition 2019. This issue also includes a major article on South African orchid species from our Chairman, Colin Scrutton. The full contents of the Winter 2020 JHOS as well as earlier issues can be viewed via this link.

Breaking News: Welsh Lady’s-tresses

Irish Lady’s-tresses Spiranthes romanzoffiana has been discovered in Wales at Borth Bog (Cors Fochno), which is part of the Dyfi National Nature Reserve.  Never seen in Wales until now, Irish Lady’s-tresses, which is extremely rare in the British Isles, is known only from a few scattered sites in Scotland,  Ireland and Northern Ireland.  It is absent from Europe and has a so-called ‘amphi-Atlantic’ distribution, next popping up in America where it is widespread and relatively common in certain areas. 

Plant Show 2019

The 2019 HOS Plant Show was held during the Spring Meeting at Kidlington. Once again Barry Tattersall had a great day, winning all of the trophies and the Banksian Medal. Best in Show was Barry's plant of Ophrys cretensis (above). Full details of the event can be viewed via this link.

New Index for JHOS

To help locate articles in JHOS we have added both an author index and an subject index. These were started out by Richard Robinson and have now been completed by Colin Scrutton. Colin plans to update them annually.

Pollination Videos

New pages have been added that feature pollination videos made by Jean Claessens. Jean and Jacques Kleynen are pollination experts who have contributed talks at HOS meetings and articles in JHOS. Recently, they published a comprehensive new book on the subject. Click here to read more and to access the videos and the JHOS articles as .pdf files. Also, there are more .pdf pollination articles from other recent contributors to JHOS.