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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Neottia nidus-avis - Bird's-nest Orchid

Range & Status

Native. Eurosiberian Temperate orchid; also in Eastern Asia. Widespread throughout the British Isles and most common to the south and east of the Welsh Marches. Declining rapidly.

Regional Distribution

Only recently seen in Namphillow Wood, near Cowlands Creek (SW84), Greenscoombe Wood (SX37) and Tamp' s Wood, near Millook (SX19).

Habitat & Ecology

Very small numbers have been found in deciduous woodland. At one site it was found in deep shade in a Beech Fagus sylvatica wood.




All three sites are protected.

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.