Other Chalk Downland Orchids

Musk Orchid
Musk Orchid as seen on the Heyshott Escarpment, West Sussex.

The Musk Orchid (Herminium monorchis) was once a common sight on Bepton Down.  It is now sadly conspicuous by its absence.   The Bepton Down Conservation Group would be delighted to hear from anyone who has the good fortune to spot one.  For further details on this orchid please refer to its dedicated page under the heading “Other Chalk Downland Orchids”.  It is to be seen locally on the Heyshott Escarpment a SSSI situated due east of Bepton about 5 miles (8km) away.  Heyshott Escarpment is owned by the Cowdray Estate but is leased and managed by the Murray Downland Trust.

The Frog Orchid (Dactylorhiza viridis) used to occur on Bepton Down.  Sadly it has not been seen in years.  The Bepton Down Conservation Group would be delighted to hear from anyone who has the good fortune to spot one.  For further details on this orchid please refer to its dedicated page under the heading “Other Chalk Downland Orchids”.

The Bird’s-nest Orchid (Neottia nidus-avis) Although not likely to be found on Bepton Down chalk grassland SSSI itself this orchid used to be found in the adjacent mature mixed woodland with yew.  This woodland is part of the Treyford to Bepton Down SSSI.  There is a steep bridleway running from the base of Bepton Down to a field parallel to the South Downs Way.  In the interest of local Biodiversity  The Bepton Down Conservation Group would be delighted to hear from anyone who has the good fortune to spot one.  For further details on this orchid please refer to its dedicated page under the heading “Other Chalk Downland Orchids”. For further details on this orchid please refer to its dedicated page under the heading “Other Chalk Downland Orchids”.

The following is a list of orchids which should be found on Bepton Down as they find a home on similar sites within the vicinity.  It is hoped that given time they will re-appear on the site the Bepton Down Conservation Group is taking an active interest in.  Please inform us should you spot one.

Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera) to be seen on SSSI Heyshott Down from May to July.

Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia) in flower from May to July.

White Helleborine    (Cephalanthera damasonium) to be seen on  Heyshott Escarpment from May to June.

 

 

 

 

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