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Research - Orchids

Orchid Surveys

Each year volunteers at Durlston count and monitor the orchid species found at Durlston. There are 9 species to be found during the year - Early Spider, Early Purple, Green Winged, Common Spotted, Southern Marsh, Bee, Pyramidal, Twayblade and Autumn Lady's Tresses.

Bee Orchid in the Meadow
Bee Orchid

Early Spider Orchid in Meadow
Early Spider Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid on the Downs
Pyramidal Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid
Common Spotted Orchid

Total Number of Orchids Counted: 1999 - 2003


Early Spider

Early Purple

Green Winged

Bee

Common Spotted

Southern Marsh

Pyramidal

Autumn Lady's Tresses

2003

929

1569

347

Not counted

46**

Not counted

Not counted

Not counted

2002

592

1425

733

502

607

10

Not counted

Not counted

2001

269*

343*

498* 575

393

68

12,644

513

2000

492

445

414

523

335

10

Not counted

Not counted

1999

81

304

104

143

63

20

Not counted

20

* Only half of area surveyed due to foot and mouth restrictions.
** Too late in season - impossible to count in long grass.

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