Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Hunting the Ghost Orchid: Part 2

The last Ghost Orchid recorded
at Marlow, 1987
Image: N. Kendall
Since he published his paper on the Ghost Orchid in the April issue of New Journal of Botany, Sean Cole hasn't been letting the grass grow under his feet. He announced last month on these pages that he was going to be co-ordinating a nationwide search in 2014 for this most elusive of orchids. Well, he's gone ahead and done it.

The Ghost Orchid Project is now live, with a website, a Facebook page here, a Twitter feed here and keen volunteers are already signing up to help Sean with the hunt.

If you read about Sean's life-long dream of seeing a Ghost Orchid in Britain, and want to help him realise this in 2014, why not check out their pages and get involved? And you may recognise the name of the Conservation Officer that Sean has signed up to the project: it is none other than Brian "Eagle Eyes" Laney!

Ok, refinding the Ghost is a long shot - this is, after all, one of Britain's most elusive plant - but BSBI botanists are nothing if not intrepid. Go Ghostbusters!