Botanical Surveys

We carry out botanical surveys on the estate during the summer to determine the wild flower species present and any changes to the numbers recorded.  These include a variety of increasingly rare British orchids such as the bee orchid, the fly orchid and the common-spotted orchid.

In case there is any doubt, in no circumstances should wild flowers such as orchids be picked.  It can often take bee orchids up to 15 years to go from seed to flower and that flower may be the only time that plant ever has a chance of reproducing.     


                              Bugle                                                                  Cowslip

                              The survey team


                   Common spotted orchid                                                                             Twayblade


                                        Speedwell                                                                                Wild strawberry

                            Common Violet                                                                                     Survey grid