Saving endangered orchids on the Broads!

Plantation growth around ther broadsOrchids are beautiful flowers which range in specific species, colours, height and many other factors. It is found that a lot of households amongst the UK often have these beautiful flowers situated amongst their homes in order to add more character and to make the house happier and more attractive. As much as we love orchids in general many do not think about the more serious issues at hand which are certain orchid species which are becoming endangered and the Norfolk Broads are a big part in trying to help and hopefully stop them from extinction! This particular species is called the Fen Orchid and can be spotted due to the pale yellow flowers which bloom at the top of the single stem wrapped with leaves from the bottom and can also be referred to as the Liparis Loeselli. We believe that the reason for the endangerment of these plants is due to them being so vulnerable and highly sensitive meaning when their environment is changed, they can often die out very quickly. With the tragic possibilities at hand, it is inevitable that the plans to save these plants are definitely a positive for all.

As it is a serious matter, there have been a lot of serious plans set in place which showcases ways in which we can stop the extinction of the Fen Orchids and how the Norfolk Broads in general can help nurture for this. At the moment, these orchids can only be found in certain areas of Norfolk, South Wales and North Devon and are very scarce meaning extremely difficult to find. This is why not long ago, a pioneering project was started in Norfolk to try and find a way to save the orchids from extinction.

This plan of action all started with plant ecologist specialists at plant life organisation and is still an ongoing project for them, in particular Tim Pankhurst. The first stages of the project were for a small amount of the orchids to be moved from one of the secret locations in Ant Valley for them then to be moved into the home of one of the conservationists in order to see whether or not the orchids can survive the movement and transportation due to how sensitive they are. After this, the plants will be sealed into containers and taken home with Tim Pankhurst (plant ecologist) and will then be uprooted by him at home and cushioned onto a bed of moss which is an attempt to nurture the orchids to their own environments. The final stage to this particular part of the project is for the plants to be placed in Pankhurst’s shed overnight and in the morning the state of them will be checked and it is said that if they don’t die or become harmed due to the trauma of moving, overheating or drying from throughout the night, he will then be reassured that the fen orchids are safe to be moved to a better location and that the mission in order to try and save the species of orchid plants can go ahead.

If all goes to plan and the fen orchids survive the transportation, they will then be replanted by the team of ecologists and will be observed in order to see the progression they make through to next year. After this, if the experiment is completed with good results, further relocation plans in areas within the Norfolk Broads where these plants once flourished will be at hand for the Our overall hopes for the future are for these experiments to go as planned and to be successful, resulting in the fen orchids to bloom again as they have in the past meaning the Norfolk Broads will once again have access to one of Mother Earths beautiful treasures.