HOS Field Trips   

One day outdoor walks are arranged during the native orchid season. The Society tries to hold these all over the country so that all members can take part if they wish. We hope that new members will take advantage of our field trips: they are an excellent introduction to the orchids across the country and an important means of meeting other enthusiasts.

These field trips are for HOS members only. Accompanying spouses/partners must also be members; it only costs £3 to upgrade to family membership. You may be asked to show your membership card so please take it with you.The leader’s role is to help you find your way around the area and help you to see more orchids than you would if you went on your own. General indications of difficulty are included in the individual field trip descriptions, but on the day weather and underfoot conditions may make the trip more difficult. In general, you should prepare as for a remote country walk and expect uneven ground. Orchids tend to grow in wild or brownfield areas. Some trips may include steep slopes or boggy areas Please note that participants are responsible for their own safety and you must make your own decision whether you are fit and healthy enough to participate in any particular walk. Areas visited often have no mobile signal. We normally collect a voluntary donation to any organisation that maintains a site visited on a trip.

We are always looking to run new field trips and to have trips in all areas of the country, so that all members participate in these. Trips can be a couple of hours or full-day, weekend or weekday. We have written guidelines available that will help you organise your field trip. If you would like to consider running a field trip please contact the Field Meetings Co-ordinator, or speak to her/him at any HOS meeting.

General enquiries to Field Meetings Co-ordinator

HOS Field Trips 2020

Saturday 16th May: Chappett’s Copse, Hampshire
Leaders: Rosemary Webb & Nigel Johnson, e-mail: NJohnson@hardyorchidsociety.org
Narrow-leaved Helleborine, White Helleborine and perhaps their hybrid, Bird’s-nest Orchid and Fly Orchid. We may go to a further site depending on enthusiasm. Short & easy walking.

Friday 22nd May: East Kent
Leader: Alan Blackman, email: blackman@hardyorchidsociety.org
Parkgate Down and Denge Wood to see Monkey Orchid, Greater Butterfly-orchid, Fly Orchid and Lady Orchid (in their best UK location). Up to 12 orchids are possible. Less than two miles of easy walking

Saturday 23rd May: Western Hampshire
Leader: David Hughes, email: dhughes@hardyorchidsociety.org
Martin Down for Neotinea ustulata and Garston Wood for woodland orchids including Neottia nidus-avis. About two miles of walking.

Saturday 30th May: North Downs, near Box Hill, Surrey
Leaders: Ken & Gillian Elsom, email: elsom@hardyorchidsociety.org
Brockham Quarry and Dukes Meadow are on the scarp slope of the North Downs and rich in calcareous orchids. We should see: Man Orchid, Fly Orchid, Bee Orchid, Chalk Fragrant-orchid and Common Spotted-orchid with Common Twayblade, and possibly White Helleborine. There are some hazardous paths and steep slopes.

Saturday 30th May: Northants / Cambs
Leader: Brian Hodgkin and John & Judy Kingston, e-mail: bhodgkin@hardyorchidsociety.org
Our first trip to the East Midlands for a long time. Barnack Hills and Swaddywell Pit. Man Orchid and Bee Orchid. Seven orchid species are possible. One to two miles of easy walking.

Saturday 6th June: Buckinghamshire Chilterns
Leaders: Richard & Geraldine Hogg, e-mail: hogg@hardyorchidsociety.org
We will visit two or more sites in the Chilterns, including College Lake (BBOWT) and Aston Clinton Ragpits (BBOWT). We hope to see Bee Orchid, Common Spotted-orchid, White Helleborine, Greater Butterfly-orchid, Common Twayblade, Chalk Fragrant-orchid & hybrids with Common Spotted-orchid, Pyramidal Orchid, and possibly Southern Marsh-orchids & hybrids. Most of the walking is easy.

Saturday 13th June: Anglesey Fens
Leader: Sue Parker, e-mail: SueParker@hardyorchidsociety.org
We will visit two of the Anglesey Fens. Marsh orchids (including Narrow-leaved), Fly Orchid plus up to six others. The walking is easy on the boardwalks, but may be boggy if you step off them. Wellington boots are highly recommended.

Sunday 14th June: Anglesey
Leader: Sue Parker, e-mail: SueParker@hardyorchidsociety.org
We will continue our exploration of Anglesey. Possible sites include further exploration of the Fens and the dunes at Newborough Warren. The dunes are easy walking near the car park, but the soft sand is heavy going soon after. The orchids are at least 20 minutes walking.

Saturday 20th June: around Leeds
Leader: Charlie Philpotts, e-mail: CPhilpotts@hardyorchidsociety.org
Three sites around East Leeds area to see Common Spotted-orchid, Northern Marsh-orchid, Southern Marsh-orchid, Pyramidal Orchid, Twayblade, Chalk Fragrant -orchid and Bee Orchid. There will also be a wealth of other wildflowers as well as birds and butterflies. Easy walking but good footwear essential.

Sunday 21st June: Minchinhampton & Rodborough Commons, Gloucestershire
Leaders: Colin & Angela Scrutton and Maureen & Nigel Denman
e-mail: CScrutton@hardyorchidsociety.org
The commons support a rich flora of orchids including Common Spotted, Common Twayblade, Common Fragrant, Bee, Pyramidal, and Frog. Lizard Orchid is a possibility and bicolor and trollii varieties of Bee Orchid may also be found. Also Selsley Common for Fly Orchids. Easy walking, some uneven ground and steep slopes.

Sunday afternoon 5th July: Greywell Moors, North Hampshire
Leaders: Peter & Jane Vaughan, email: pjvaughan@hardyorchidsociety.org
The site’s specialities are large numbers of Marsh Helleborine, including var. ochroleuca, and Marsh Fragrant-orchids. Southern Marsh-orchid, Common Twayblade, Pyramidal Orchid, Broad-leaved Helleborine and a few Bee Orchid var. belgarum are also present, although the latter has often gone over by early July. The site is relatively compact, and so we will walk less than a mile, but the ground is uneven, damp and sloping in places. We may also visit the Bartley Heath to see Heath Spotted-orchids.

Saturday 11th July: Cumbria
Leader: Alan Gendle e-mail: AGendle@hardyorchidsociety.org
Burton Fell a Cumbria WT reserve for Epipactis atrorubens plus var. pallens (yellow flowered), E. ×schmalhausenii (E. atrorubens × helleborine hybrid) E. helleborine & E. phyllanthes var. vectensis. Over a mile walk and 200 metre uphill to get to a limestone pavement where the plants grow. Sure-footedness and a sense of balance required.

Sunday 12th July: Cumbria
Leader: Alan Gendle e-mail: AGendle@hardyorchidsociety.org
Sandscale Haws, NNR (Barrow in Furness) for Epipactis phyllanthes var. pendula, E. dunensis and E. palustris. Over a mile walk over dune slacks – relatively easy terrain.

Saturday 18th July approx - to be confirmed. Ceredigion, mid-Wales
Leaders: Sue Parker, email: SueParker@hardyorchidsociety.org to register interest
Irish Lady’s Tresses.  If these plants produce flowering spikes in 2020 information will be provided to those who have expressed an interest via our HOS email forum and the website.

If you would like to consider running a field trip please contact the Field Meetings Co-ordinator, or speak to him at any HOS meeting.  We have written guidelines available that will help you organise your field trip.