Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Green-winged orchid count 2014

Green-winged Orchid
Image: I. Denholm
Last year, we carried out a count of the Green-winged Orchids at Muston Meadows National Nature Reserve, at the request of Natural England. Eleven members of the local BSBI group counted more than 26,000 flowering spikes on 22nd May 2013. Click here to see the photo of us at Muston.

Natural England have asked us to repeat the count: it's really helpful to see how populations of plants are faring from year to year. The Orchids are a little more advanced this year, so Steve at Natural England has suggested 3 suitable dates when some of their staff could join us and bring their snazzy clickers which make orchid-counting so easy.

Here is the Doodle link so you can vote on which date would be best for you. UPDATE: THIS MEETING HAS NOW BEEN FIXED FOR WEDS 21/5/2014 Assuming the thought of walking across a meadow full of orchids and simultaneously making a useful contribution to scientific research is something that might appeal to you :-)

PS Alyson Freeman (North Northants BSBI group) sends this invitation for orchid-lovers: 
"Would anyone like to join the Friends of Barnack Hills and Holes at the reserve on Saturday 24th May? We will be attempting to find and count Man Orchids, Orchis anthropomorpha.
Meet at the main car park at 10 am. Please let me know if you intend to come, so that we have an idea of how many to expect and can plan the work accordingly".

Posted by Louise

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