June & July 2012 – The Great Orchid Count

Two days of orchid surveying, approximately 4 weeks apart, were undertaken by Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre and BWAG volunteers to ascertain the number of orchids at the site. Surveying over two seperate dates enabled counting of various species of orchids which flower at different times. The initial count took place on 8th June 2012, when species such as Man, Bee and Fragrant Orchids were in flower. The second count, on 6th July 2012, counted later flowering plants including Pyramidal Orchids but had to be called off due to heavy rain.  Altogether nine species of orchid were recorded. The following table summarises the numbers of orchids counted. Figures given are the maximum number for each species over the survey period.  This survey provides a baseline from which BWAG can measure any change in the fortunes and distribution of the orchids in the future.

Species of Orchid Total
Fragrant 20,453
Pyramidal 3,009
Man 1,076
Bee 309
Greater Butterfly 7
Common Spotted 16
White Helleborine 14
Broad Leaved Helleborine 13
Twayblade 4
Total 24,901