More than 200 plant species
Samphire Hoe is home to many species of wildlife such as over 200 species of plants, which include thousands of orchids of which many rare early spider orchids and bee orchids, colt’s foot, pink restharrows, yellow wort, rock sea lavender, sea asters, stinking, buddleia, wild carrots, sea buckthorns, sainfoin et many more as well as lots of different types of grass. Samphire Hoe has become a chalk meadow-land and grassland over the years with many plants as the result of the 31 original species which were sown on the site after the completion of the construction site.
Samphire Hoe is a new area of land created over 25 years ago with many different species still colonising and being discovered every year as the habitats develop and change.
rare early spider orchids
common spotted orchids
Enjoy the natural beauty of the Hoe in pictures
Rock samphire green leaves were once collected from the cliffs, pickled in barrels of brine and served as a side dish.
The result of natural colonisation of the 31 original species sown on the site after the completion of the construction site.
These attractive looking plants are one of the first orchids of the year to flower from April at the Hoe.
It is now a chalk meadow-land with plants such as rock sea lavender, sea asters, buckthorn, buddleia, colt’s foot, sainfoin, restharrows.
of which 5,100 common spotted orchids, 1,300 early spider orchids, 500 pyramidal orchids, 20 bee orchids and 1 fragrant orchid.
Discover the 220 species of birds including resident, migrant birds and summer or winter visitors.More information
30 species of butterflies have been recorded at the Hoe according to seasons.More information
Explore a few of the 380 species of moths which fly around the Hoe at night time.More information