SU0518 : Lesser butterfly orchid (Platanthera bifolia)

taken 7 years ago, near to Pentridge, Dorset, Great Britain

Lesser butterfly orchid (Platanthera bifolia)
Lesser butterfly orchid (Platanthera bifolia)
Lesser butterfly orchid grow in a variety of habitats in heathland, grassland, open scrub, woodland edges and on moorland. The species has suffered a considerable decline, with many losses in England occurring before 1930. It has suffered more than 33% decline throughout Britain between 1964 and 2002. Drainage of fields, woodland disturbance, ploughing up of grassland and heathland, spreading of fertilizers, spraying with herbicides, heavy grazing during the summer, and cutting of roadside verges in the flowering season are all activities that have brought about its decline. Here on Martin Down National Nature Reserve they thrive.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 1 July, 2010
Category
Flora   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 05343 18701 [1m precision]
WGS84: 50:58.0622N 1:55.5170W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 05343 18701
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