Bee Orchid

Common Name Bee Orchid
Scientific Name Ophrys apifera
Family Orchid Family Orchidaceae
Interest
3
Description One of the more common summer orchids in Dorset. 
Read about this species in my Nature Diary blog:
Date Sort ascending Title Link to Article Edit
21-09-21 Bee Orchid: to bee or not to bee? -
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Flower brown

This map shows the distribution of the species based on my records:

Badbury Rings Hill Fort

National Trust
5

Portland Bill

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Ferrybridge and Portland Causeway

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Tadnoll Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Purbeck Ridge (West Hill and Knowle Hill)

Winspit

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Purbeck Ridge (Nine Barrow Down)

No Public Access, Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Durlston Country Park

Dorset Council, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve

National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Townsend Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Powerstock Common Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Muckleford Chalk Pit

Open Access
2

Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5
These are the National Vegetation Classification codes associated with this species:
NVC Codes Description Phase 1 Categories Description
CG02

Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland

B3

Calcareous Grassland

CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

B3

Calcareous Grassland

CG04

Brachypodium pinnatum [Drooping Tor-grass] grassland

B3

Calcareous Grassland

CG05

Bromopsis erecta - Brachypodium pinnatum [Upright Brome/Drooping Tor-grass] grassland

B3

Calcareous Grassland

The number of records for each month for this species; it gives an idea of the best time to see it (although for plants this does not necessarily mean it was in flower):
Month No of Records
06: June 3
07: July 1
These are the sites where I have found this species:
Site Notes Record Date Report Date
Badbury Rings Hill Fort Occasional
SSSI Notification
SSSI Notification
Durlston Country Park Present
Ferrybridge and Portland Causeway Present
Fontmell Down Nature Reserve Dorset Wildlife Trust website
Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve Present
SSSI Notification
Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Single plant found

09-06-20
King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve Recorded by others
Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve SSSI Notification
Muckleford Chalk Pit Recorded by others
Portland Bill Present
Powerstock Common Nature Reserve Present
Purbeck Ridge (Nine Barrow Down)

Present

18-07-13
Purbeck Ridge (West Hill and Knowle Hill)

Present

19-06-13
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve Present
Tadnoll Nature Reserve Recorded by John Wright
Townsend Nature Reserve Present
SSSI Notification
Winspit

Present

08-06-08