Save Our Native Orchids
Exquisite, elegant and often spectacular it’s no wonder people often assume that orchids are exotic species.
And whilst its true most orchids grow in tropical forests, over fifty are native to the British Isles.
Sadly their beauty has not guaranteed their safety, as Trevor Dines explains:
No surprise then, that they have benefited from Plantlife's work:
From just a handful to several hundred...
Green winged orchids (Orchis morio - left) have thrived at Plantlife's Joan’s Hill Farm reserve, due to the careful management of our hay meadows.
A 1,789% increase in greater butterfly-orchids...
...at our Cae Blaen-dyffryn reserve in Wales, plus a 164% increase in lesser butterfly-orchids (Platanthera bifolia).
Our Ranscombe reserve is home to 10 species of orchid...
...including a rare lady orchid that Richard, our Reserve Manager, hand-pollinated (see left). Each pollinated flower has produced a seed pod.
But none of this is possible without your help
Your donation would fund our conservation work extending and improving grassland habitat, managing woodland areas, and improving grazing patterns.
It costs £80,000 a year to protect and improve our reserves so they can continue to be sanctuaries for orchids. On top of that, your donations fund conservation work that create the right conditions for these fabulous plants to grow.
Please give what you can so we can preserve these orchids for future generations to enjoy.
This year, we'll be bringing you some stories from the field and footage of British orchids - including some of our most threatened - as they bloom. Keep an eye on our newsletter or join our Facebook Group to catch these updates as they happen.