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:


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.


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

HOS Meetings 2015

Spring Meeting, AGM & Plant Show
Sunday 19th April

Seed Sowing Workshop
Sunday 16th August 2015
Contact Seed Bank Manager

Northern Meeting
St. Chad’s, Leeds
Saturday 5th September

Southern Meeting & Photographic Show
Sunday 15th November

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
Samphire Hoe, Kent
Leader: Alan Bousfield
places available 9-4-15

Monday 25th May
Folkestone, Kent
Leader: Alan Bousfield
places available 9-4-15

Wednesday 10th June
Down House & Downe Bank, Kent
Co-ordinator: Alan Bousfield
places available 9-4-15

Friday 12th June
New Forest
Leader: David Hughes
places available 9-4-15

Saturday 13th June
Leaders: Geraldine and Richard Hogg
places available 9-4-15

Sunday 14th June:
Norfolk Broads
Co-ordinator: Mike Gasson
No longer available on Saturday 13th June
Sunday places available 9-4-15

Monday 22nd June
Leader: Richard Mielcarek
Fully subscribed with a reserve list

Sunday 28th June
Eastern Perthshire
Co-ordinator: Dave Trudgill
places available 9-4-15

Saturday 4th July
West Yorkshire
Leader: Charlie Philpotts
places available 9-4-15

Tuesday 14th July
Leader: Alan Gendle
Fully subscribed with a reserve list


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.

A provisional decision to reject the abstraction licence applications was reached by the Environment Agency but this was not a final decision. A period of consultation in which all interested parties could make representations ended in December 2014 but a final decision was delayed until May 2015. Today (8-5-15) the final decision was released and the Environment Agency confirmed that they will not grant the abstraction licences. A great deal of work was done by RSPB and several others in support of the special fenland habitat that was involved. HOS contributed to a joint letter with sevearl other organisations and sent its own letter outlining our concerns for the future of the Fen Orchid and the calcareous fen habitat on which it depends. Responses from the Envirnment Agency are provided within the decision documents and these can be viewed by using the following link (registration is needed to access the documents):


New Publicity Leaflet

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

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.

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.

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.