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:
April 2015 JHOS Published
The latest issue of Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. The cover features the Cyprus endemic Ophrys kotschyi (photo above) and this issue has an update article on the island's orchids; both by Yiannis Christofides. There is an interesting variety of other articles and the complete contents can be viewed via this link.
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HOS Meetings 2015
Spring Meeting, AGM & Plant Show
HOS Field Trips 2015
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! Full derails in the January 2015 JHOS.
Monday 4th May
Monday 25th May
Wednesday 10th June
Friday 12th June
Saturday 13th June
Sunday 14th June:
Monday 22nd June
Sunday 28th June
Saturday 4th July
Tuesday 14th July
Fen Orchid Final Decision
The fen form of the rare Fen Orchid, Liparis loeselii subsp. loeselii, exists on very few remaining sites in Norfolk. The vast majority of the surviving plants are on two geographically close fens that are under threat from water abstraction. HOS has supported RSPB and Butterfly Conservation in opposing the renewal of abstraction licences that may threaten the future of the habitat in which these orchids survive.
New Publicity Leaflet
The New Website
This updated version of the HOS website is a work in progress and several areas have still to be given an overhaul. All material from the original site is integrated within this new site but some areas remain in their original style for now. If you wish to view the entire original site it is retained as an archive and can be accessed by clicking here. Note that it will not be updated and will become progressively out of date. The major next stages are to open a password protected members' area and to give a much needed facelift to the orchid photograph galleries. If you encounter problems with links, find typographical errors or wish to make suggestions. Please let the website manager know by clicking here.
Early-purple Orchid Pollinator Study
Click here for information about the ongoing HOS study of pollination and fruit set frequencies in Orchis mascula.
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.
Photographic Show 2014
The photographic competition was held during the recent Autumn meeting at Kidlington. The Maren Talbot Photographic Trophy was won by Alan Parfitt for the image above of Dactylorhiza maculata with Old Man of Hoy, Orkney. All winning entries can be viewed on the Photo Show Pages.