At least eleven species of orchids have been identified growing here. They are Twayblade, Musk, Pyramidal, Fragrant, Frog, Common Spotted, Early Purple, Fly, Bee and Southern Marsh. The colony of Musk Orchids runs to approximately 10,000 spikes and is of National importance. It is not just orchids because there is quite a range of wild flowers growing with them including Cowslips and Primroses plus a very unusual plant that is specifically parasitic on Greater Knapweed called, not surprisingly, the Knapweed Broomrape. This is a really photogenic plant that grows up to 75cm and is totally lacking in chlorophyll.
For the butterfly enthusiasts there will be an assortment butterflies on the wing including Marbled Whites, Dark Green Fritillaries, Brimstones and Blues. The prize butterfly on site is The Duke of Burgundy, quite a rare UK species. However the emphasis on this course is to show the various techniques needed to overcome the problems facing the orchid photographer. For example you often need to be able to diffuse your backgrounds to show your subject at its best as I have shown here. Over the years I have developed a range of useful tips and tricks to do just this and many others and naturally I will be demonstrating these. You will be able to stay on the site as long as you like after the workshop officially ends and re-visit it as many times as you want. This is a truly wonderful site to know.