Fragrant orchid at Fackenden Down

Gareth Christian

Introduction to Orchids

Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
What do you know about wild orchids: their life cycles, how they are pollinated, relationships with fungi, where to find them, and how to identify them? Discover all this and more on this course, which includes field visits to orchid sites in mid Kent

Event details


10am - 4pm
A static map of Introduction to Orchids

About the event

The course begins in the classroom with a welcome and introduction to the day.  This is followed by an illustrated talk about orchids, their lifecycle and conservation.

Mid morning we will leave Tyland Barn to visit sites selected for the known presence of orchids in flower. Due to the vagaries of the weather and orchid flowering periods some may still be encountered in leaf.

We shall travel in students’ own cars (combining where possible to reduce parking problems) Some spaces will be available in the leader’s car.

Depending on the reserves selected, there may be an opportunity to return to Tyland Barn for lunch (especially if the weather is wet).

At the end of the day we will return to Tyland Barn for an opportunity to review the day’s learning outcomes and ask any final questions of leaders.

By the end of the session you should be able to:

  • Identify the key features of an orchid
  • Gain an understanding of their life cycles including the special relationships with fungi and pollinating insects
  • Where to look for orchids in Kent
  • Gain confidence in identifying orchids in the field

Led by Steve Weeks, Kent Wildlife Trust Warden with David Johnson, Naturalist

Suitable for beginners and improvers


Phone number

01622 662012


Normal fee: £33 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Know before you go


Guide dogs only


Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012