Britain: lesser butterfly orchid in decline

Lesser butterfly orchid

From British daily The Independent:

Search for last colonies of once-common orchid

By Paul Kelbie

Published: 28 June 2006

A delicate orchid which was once a common sight in pastures, woodlands and roadsides across Britain has become the subject of a nationwide search to safeguard its remaining strongholds.

The lesser butterfly orchid has declined by more than 33 per cent throughout Britain in the past 40 years, turning it from one of the country’s most common wild flowers into one of its rarest.

The ploughing of grassland, draining of fields, the widespread use of chemicals and the cutting of roadside verges have all contributed to the demise of the plant, which gets its name because the flowers resemble the wings of the green-veined white butterfly.

In an attempt to conserve the remaining colonies of the orchid, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has teamed up with the charity Plantlife and the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI), to launch a detailed survey to identify areas where the plant, which flowers in June and July, can still be found.

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