Bee Orchid at Tyland Barn, photo by Greg Hitchcock

Photo by Greg Hitchcock

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.

Event details

Meeting point

Training Room at Tyland Barn


10:00am - 4:00pm
A static map of Introduction to Orchids

About the event

The course will start  with an introduction to the day, followed by an illustrated talk about orchids, their life cycle and conservation.

We will then 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).

We will return to Tyland Barn at the end of the day where there will be an opportunity to review the day’s learning outcomes and ask any final questions of leaders.

By the end of the course it is expected that participants will:

  • Be able to identify the key features of an orchid
  • Have gained an understanding of their life cycles including the special relationships with fungi and pollinating insects
  • Know where to look for orchids in Kent
  • Have gained confidence in identifying orchids in the field

Suitable for for beginners and anyone who has a special interest in orchids and other flowers of chalk woodland and grassland.

Led by Steve Weeks, Kent Wildlife Trust's Estates Manager and David Johnson, Naturalist.


Phone number

01622 662012


Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go


Guide dogs only


There are some steep slopes and unsurfaced paths with kissing gates and some pinch points.

What to bring

Clothing and footwear suitable to the weather conditions, some steep slopes.

Please bring a packed lunch and drinks.


Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012