Anger after endangered orchids are mown down

Anger after endangered orchids ar mown down

Anger after endangered orchids ar mown down

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ENDANGERED and legally protected orchids have been mown down, claim conservationists.

Residents are upset after they discovered the Early Spider Orchids growing at Southern Water’s covered reservoir site on Ditchling Road, Brighton, have been cut down.

The rare Early Spider Orchids, which are found on chalk grassland in southern England, are protected by schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

Brenda Pollack, member of the Friends of Hollingbury and Bursted woods, said she is dismayed by the decision to mow the area.

The 50-year-old said: “I do not understand how Southern Water has allowed this to happen. They need to make sure it doesn't happen again as these are very rare plants that need the right management. They should already be aware of that. I know a number of residents that were very upset about this.”

The rare plants are known for their distinctive appearance.

The part of the flower which attracts bees resembles the abdomen of a spider.

Jess Price, conservation officer at the Sussex Wildlife Trust, said “It is unfortunate as early spider orchids are very rare. They are only really found on the south coast and even then it is in limited numbers.

“They are endangered and a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

“Their habitat is chalk grasslands and they have a three year life cycle, so nothing should be done to them until they set seed as it may upset the population.

“They are amazing plants and get their name as they look like spiders.”

She said the most prevalent population of the flowers in the county is at Birling Gap.

A Southern Water spokesman said: “We have a management plan in place to protect the orchids at our Ditchling Road site and are investigating these reports.”

According to guidelines from the Crown Prosecution Service, if an offence has been committed under the Wildlife and Countryside Act it can carry the maximum sentence of six months in prison or a £5,000 fine.

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11:33am Thu 22 May 14

fredflintstone1 says...

So is one of Sussex Police's Wildlife Crime Officers investigating? If not, why not?
So is one of Sussex Police's Wildlife Crime Officers investigating? If not, why not? fredflintstone1
  • Score: 16

11:36am Thu 22 May 14

Tallywhacker says...

Ar ??? Is it pirate day at the Argus matey.
Ar ??? Is it pirate day at the Argus matey. Tallywhacker
  • Score: 3

11:42am Thu 22 May 14

runnergirl says...

"The 50-year-old said ...." What on earth has the spokeswoman's age got to do with it??
"The 50-year-old said ...." What on earth has the spokeswoman's age got to do with it?? runnergirl
  • Score: 24

11:53am Thu 22 May 14

brightonian57 says...

Tallywhacker wrote:
Ar ??? Is it pirate day at the Argus matey.
No it's pirat day
[quote][p][bold]Tallywhacker[/bold] wrote: Ar ??? Is it pirate day at the Argus matey.[/p][/quote]No it's pirat day brightonian57
  • Score: 3

1:09pm Thu 22 May 14

BlackRocker says...

A 71-year-old comments: Very sad. Sounds like they should now be renamed the Late Spider Orchids.
A 71-year-old comments: Very sad. Sounds like they should now be renamed the Late Spider Orchids. BlackRocker
  • Score: 1

1:49pm Thu 22 May 14

L bailey says...

I complained to the Council last year when they cut the grass at Hollingbury park. Orchids were found there, grass cutting was suspended many years ago in the centre in order to protect the Orchid. Their response was, the Orchids were growing on the Southern Water land next to the field and were still protected. Shame nobody takes any notice. Then why would they when they are putting our main water supply in jeopardy by allowing the council to put a development immediately above the water adit supplying nearly a million people.
I complained to the Council last year when they cut the grass at Hollingbury park. Orchids were found there, grass cutting was suspended many years ago in the centre in order to protect the Orchid. Their response was, the Orchids were growing on the Southern Water land next to the field and were still protected. Shame nobody takes any notice. Then why would they when they are putting our main water supply in jeopardy by allowing the council to put a development immediately above the water adit supplying nearly a million people. L bailey
  • Score: 11

1:50pm Thu 22 May 14

Mr chock says...

i am sure southern water will find out what happened its not as if they did not know about them plants this is stock comment A Southern Water spokesman said: “We have a management plan in place to protect the orchids at our Ditchling Road site and are investigating these reports.” . my thoughts go out to the plants .. i remember many comments on a Grayhound name Thiggy smashing its head against a glass door and people felt sympathy for it . this is far far more important story the plant is so rare this site is one of very few left where its found growing safely .. the grayhound is just a .......
i am sure southern water will find out what happened its not as if they did not know about them plants this is stock comment A Southern Water spokesman said: “We have a management plan in place to protect the orchids at our Ditchling Road site and are investigating these reports.” . my thoughts go out to the plants .. i remember many comments on a Grayhound name Thiggy smashing its head against a glass door and people felt sympathy for it . this is far far more important story the plant is so rare this site is one of very few left where its found growing safely .. the grayhound is just a ....... Mr chock
  • Score: 0

2:43pm Thu 22 May 14

Tammy Flugh says...

runnergirl wrote:
"The 50-year-old said ...." What on earth has the spokeswoman's age got to do with it??
That's nothing. The Daily Mail would have told you how much her house was worth.
[quote][p][bold]runnergirl[/bold] wrote: "The 50-year-old said ...." What on earth has the spokeswoman's age got to do with it??[/p][/quote]That's nothing. The Daily Mail would have told you how much her house was worth. Tammy Flugh
  • Score: 17

3:15pm Thu 22 May 14

Mr chock says...

Tammy Flugh wrote:
runnergirl wrote:
"The 50-year-old said ...." What on earth has the spokeswoman's age got to do with it??
That's nothing. The Daily Mail would have told you how much her house was worth.
and the Experss would have mentioned the amount of rain we keep having .. them poor flowers must drink a lot.. Green party go and investigate it..
Ohh a months worth of rain today we are having EEK i am buying wellingtons and off to vote in the village if its not underwater .. vote UKIP ? or greens for european elections ummmm ?
[quote][p][bold]Tammy Flugh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]runnergirl[/bold] wrote: "The 50-year-old said ...." What on earth has the spokeswoman's age got to do with it??[/p][/quote]That's nothing. The Daily Mail would have told you how much her house was worth.[/p][/quote]and the Experss would have mentioned the amount of rain we keep having .. them poor flowers must drink a lot.. Green party go and investigate it.. Ohh a months worth of rain today we are having EEK i am buying wellingtons and off to vote in the village if its not underwater .. vote UKIP ? or greens for european elections ummmm ? Mr chock
  • Score: 0

3:42pm Thu 22 May 14

Goldenwight says...

Tallywhacker wrote:
Ar ??? Is it pirate day at the Argus matey.
To err is human.
To arr is pirate...
[quote][p][bold]Tallywhacker[/bold] wrote: Ar ??? Is it pirate day at the Argus matey.[/p][/quote]To err is human. To arr is pirate... Goldenwight
  • Score: 3

5:50pm Thu 22 May 14

NickBrt says...

Is there no e in are now? Just like if there no f in argus reporters brain?
Is there no e in are now? Just like if there no f in argus reporters brain? NickBrt
  • Score: 0

8:04pm Thu 22 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

runnergirl wrote:
"The 50-year-old said ...." What on earth has the spokeswoman's age got to do with it??
Just be grateful she isn't large-chested.
[quote][p][bold]runnergirl[/bold] wrote: "The 50-year-old said ...." What on earth has the spokeswoman's age got to do with it??[/p][/quote]Just be grateful she isn't large-chested. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -1

8:05pm Thu 22 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Tallywhacker wrote:
Ar ??? Is it pirate day at the Argus matey.
Well, it is The Ar-gus ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Tallywhacker[/bold] wrote: Ar ??? Is it pirate day at the Argus matey.[/p][/quote]Well, it is The Ar-gus ;-) ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

7:43am Fri 23 May 14

Sussex jim says...

The person who mowed them down, or the person in charge of the mowing should be fined. Just as a householder would.
The person who mowed them down, or the person in charge of the mowing should be fined. Just as a householder would. Sussex jim
  • Score: 5

11:46am Fri 23 May 14

billy goat-gruff says...

Meanwhile in Portslade, people are moaning that their verges aren't being cut short enough...
Meanwhile in Portslade, people are moaning that their verges aren't being cut short enough... billy goat-gruff
  • Score: 0

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