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Orchids in Spring


Orchids are among the most beautiful and iconic of al wildflower species occurring in Britain. On this walk we will hope to see several different species of orchid, thriving in the grasslands, woodland and marshes at Mapperton.

During our morning walk, we hope to see five different species of Orchid, including the once common but now rare Green-winged Orchid, which was discovered here in 2021. Further highlights may include a profusion of Southern Marsh and Common Spotted Orchids in wetland areas and a visit to a rarely visited woodlanbd area full of early Purple and Twayblade Orchids.

Date and Time: 9am Tuesday 17th May 2022

Location: Meet at the Coach House at Mapperton.

Schedule: Introductions then 5 minute drive up to Coltleigh Farm

Duration: 3.5 hour Guided Walk with Dr Tom Brereton

Tickets: £45 per person 

Dr Tom Brereton

Tom is a highly experienced ecologist with a lifelong interest in natural history.  He has an MSc in Conservation and a PhD in Butterfly Ecology.  Tom has worked for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust as an RSPB Warden and Reserves Ecologist, as Associate Director of Research at Butterfly Conservation, and more recently as co-founder of Marinelife, monitoring cetaceans and seabirds in Lyme Bay.   Tom is currently a Visiting Researcher at Exeter University, as well as an ecotourism guide, leading bird, butterfly, mammal and botanical tours across the Europe, Asia and North America.  Tom lives locally in Bridport.

Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your Wildlands booking unless the weather forces cancellation. We also cannot guarantee the weather, or that you will see your target species. Nature can unpredictable, despite our best efforts! However there’s always plenty of wildlife to see.

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