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 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
Saturday 13th June & Sunday 14th June:
Monday 22nd June
Sunday 28th June
Saturday 4th July
Tuesday 14th July
Fen Orchid Future!
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 is supporting RSPB and Butterfly Conservation in opposing the renewal of abstraction licences that may threaten the future of the habitat in which these orchids survive.
January 2015 JHOS Published
The latest issue of Journal of the Hardy Orchid Society has been published. This features the second part of Sean Cole's overview of Ghost Orchid history in England, this tme focussed on the Chilterns. There is also an interesting discussion from Tony Hughes on Ophrys hybrids, including news of a new site for the very rare hybrid between the Bee and Fly Orchids. Tony's photograph (above) shows one of the recently discovered flowers of Ophrys ×pietzschi. The full contents can be seen via this link.
Space pressure in the January JHOS prevented the planned review for a new book on Algarve orchids. Sue Parker's book "Wild orchids of the Algarve: how, when and where to find them" was released in 2014 and reviewed for JHOS by Celia Wright. Because it will be of interest to people travelling to Portugal this year we have added the review to our book list. Click here to read the review.
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.
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.
Results of Plant Show 2014
Click here for winning entries in the 2014 HOS Plant Show held during the Kidlington Meeting on 30th March.
Early-purple Orchid Pollinator Study
Click here for information about the ongoing HOS study of pollination and fruit set frequencies in Orchis mascula.
HOS Members' Photos in the BOC Photography Competition
HOS members took first and second places in the recent photographic competition organised by the British Orchid Council (BOC). First place was won by Tony Hughes with a photograph of the Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea) which also won a First in our own 2013 Photographic Competition. Second place went to Nigel Johnson's image of a Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera) complete with its insect pollinator Argogorytes mystaceus. These images and some details of the photography can be viewed by clicking here.
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.