A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula

The Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia) is one of the focus species of the groundbreaking Back from the Brink project. This project aims to save 20 species from extinction and benefit over 200 more through 19 projects that span England – all thanks to funding from the National Lottery and People’s Postcode Lottery.
The once widespread Lesser Butterfly Orchid is one of the fastest declining species of plant in the UK and has disappeared from 75% of its recorded range in England.


The project aims:
• To identify and manage key sites where the plant occurs in the South West of England and increase the populations.
• To better understand the reasons for decline.
• To increase public awareness of the plant.
• To engage and involve the public in its protection


Back from the Brink is one of the most ambitious conservation projects ever undertaken and the first time ever that so many conservation organisations have come together with one focus in mind – to bring back from the brink of extinction some of England’s most threatened species of animal, plant and fungi. To find out more about the project visit naturebftb.co.uk or find us on social media @naturebftb
Plantlife is one of the lead organisations and are working with partners to help conserve the species as well as involving the public to help make a difference to this beautiful plant.
There are still a number of sites in the South West of England where the plant still occurs, with Cornwall still having some important but vulnerable populations on habitats, such as mire, heathland but also on the dry acid grasslands.
One of the last remaining sites in West Cornwall for the species is Crousa Down on the Lizard and we will be conducting a survey of this important site this summer to establish the status of the plant here. This will also include a free short workshop:

 

Date: 16 June 2018
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Location: Dolly’s Dump Car Park , North of Coverack.
Grid Ref.SW773199

 

If you would like to join this workshop and learn more about the Lesser Butterfly Orchid as well as help with the survey, for which there are limited places, then please book by visiting the following website:- http://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/discover-wild-plants-nature/events

back from the brink Lottery Funded Postcode Lottery Funded

Published: May 2018

Author: Mike Ingram (Plantlife :Lesser Butterfly Orchid Project Officer)