Save British wildflowers


This video from Britain says about itself:

The bee orchid, Ophrys apifera | Natural History Museum

18 July 2012

Join Museum botanist Fred Rumsey as he goes in search of some wildflowers that go to extreme lengths to lure pollinating insects. He finds the bee orchid, Ophrys apifera, and its close relative the late spider orchid, Ophrys fuciflora.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Councils face call to protect wildflowers

Sunday 26 May 2013

Conservation charity Plantlife laid into local councils today for destroying wildflower-rich roadside verges by mowing them when they are in full bloom.

The charity said verges and hedgerows were home to hundreds of species of flowering plants and provide food for wildlife ranging from bees to birds and mammals.

But repeated mowing when plants are flowering is destroying them and leaving them smothered by cuttings or sprayed with herbicides, said Plantlife.

The charity called on councils to manage almost 600,000 acres of roadside verges to protect native flowers and the pollinators and other wildlife that rely on them.

Plantlife said the roadside vergs on support as many as a thousand plant species across the country and were important for rare species such as long-leaved helleborine and bastard balm, which are among 33 wayside flowers threatened with extinction.

“The A30 and A38 roads in Devon and Cornwall alone support more than 1,000 acres of flower-rich grassland, with just one junction home to six orchid species including bee orchids and 1,100 greater butterfly orchids,” said Plantlife.

“In Warwickshire, one road verge has the county’s largest population of pyramidal orchids and rockrose, as well as the regionally scarce brown argus butterfly which feeds on the rockrose.

The huge loss of meadows from the UK makes roadside verges and the habitat they create even more important, with verges providing twice as much grassland as is left in the countryside.”

Plantlife said the verges should be managed in the same way meadows historically were, with a cut early in the year and another in late summer, and cuttings removed.

But three-quarters of councils surveyed by the charity cut their verges multiple times over the summer and none collected the cuttings.

Dutch orchids: here.

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