Talk about getting a Bee in your bonnet. The Bee Orchid is not exactly a rare plant but it is great when you can see them in and around our urban spaces. Trouble is civic tidying often means these get mown at the height of their flowering season. This not only deprives us of the sight of the flowers but also means they are unable to set seed. In the case of the ones pictured here near Hampton on London Road, Peterborough a quick email to the local Wildlife Officer in the council means mowing of this verge is now delayed to allow the plants to complete their flowering. Round one to the orchids :)
Hopefully the same can be done for the 120 or so seen flowering at the Boongate parkway junction sliproad this year. All but about 6 were mown before I contacted anyone but hopefully they can be avoided next year. Look out for them.