HOS Field Trips   

Numerous one-day outdoor meetings are arranged all over the country during the “orchid season”. These meetings are usually led by members of the Society and the programme for the year is published in the January issue of the HOS Journal (JHOS) and on this website. Reports from the field trips are published in JHOS. These field trips are for HOS members only.

General enquiries to Field Meetings Co-ordinator

HOS Field Trips 2018

These Field Trips are for 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.

Saturday 9th June: New Forest
Led by David Hughes - e-mail: dhughes@hardyorchidsociety.org
For the orchids of the blanket bogs. We should find Dactylorhiza maculata, Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp. pulchella, Dactylorhiza praetermissa, Platanthera bifolia, Gymnadenia borealis and Epipactis palustris. We will get wet feet and enjoy the unusual flora of the New Forest Bogs.

Second half of June (date to be confirmed): North Wales
Leader: Sue Parker, e-mail: SueParker@hardyorchidsociety.org
Minera Quarry which is a good site for a number of orchid species, including Frog Orchid. http://www.northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/minera-quarry-nature-reserve
Eryrys Quarry which has some exceptionally large Frog Orchid plants.

Saturday 30th June: Hale Moss & Helsington Barrows, South Cumbria
Led by Alan Gendle - email: AGendle@hardyorchidsociety.org
Hale Moss Reserve is a calcareous bog with Northern Marsh-orchid, Early Marsh-orchid (ssp. pulchella), Fragrant Orchid and Twayblades.
Helsington Barrows is limestone grassland and covered with Greater Butterfly-orchid, Lesser Butterfly-orchid, Fly Orchid, Fragrant Orchid and Dark-red Helleborine

Sunday 8th July: North Yorkshire
Led by Charlie Philpotts - email: CPhilpotts@hardyorchidsociety.org
Staveley Nature Reserve is a superb wetland site just off the A1. It is a species rich site with an abundance of wildlife and several bird hides. Orchids include Common Spotted-orchid, Twayblade, Fragrant-orchid, Bee Orchid, Marsh-orchids and Green- flowered Helleborines. It is a fantastic site for both flora and fauna and also great for bird watchers:
Burton Leonard Lime Quarries is a charming small site which was still a working lime quarry until 1941. It is a species rich site which is good for butterflies and other insects. Orchids include Bee Orchid, Twayblade, Pyramidal Orchid, Common Spotted-orchid, Fragrant Orchid and a few hybrids between Fragrant Orchid and Common Spotted-Orchid.

Saturday 4th August: Stonecroft Mine, Northumberland
Led by Alan Gendle - email: AGendle@hardyorchidsociety.org
Stonecroft Mine SSSI, Newborough, South Northumberland for Epipactis, including E. youngiana, E. helleborine, E. phyllanthes (pendula) and E. dunensis.