Man Orchid Count (Interim Report)

© Petersrockypics
© Petersrockypics

A big thank you to all those who turned out last Saturday 30th May to look for small green flowers in the green grass! Despite the challenge and with the help of good weather the totals so far for this year are as follows:

Compartment 1 (SW) – 251 (161 for this compartment last year)

Compartment 2 (NW) – 292

Compartment 3 (NE) – still to be surveyed

Compartment 4 (SE) – 79

Compartment 6 (N) – 1

NB Compartment 5 is the designation for the road side verge

Total to date : 623 (Estimate circa 650+ once compartment 3 completed)

This compares to 184-2013 and 1,027 – 1998 the latest two comparable whole site surveys. We wait to see if the fixed plot surveys support these encouraging signs of an increased population after many years of low numbers.  Fixed point  Man Orchid count data from 1997 to 2014.