Rare orchids stolen

RARE orchids have been stolen from one of Suffolk's most important grassland nature reserves.Martins Meadows, near Otley, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve and is one of the few flower-rich hay meadows left in Suffolk.

RARE orchids have been stolen from one of Suffolk's most important grassland nature reserves.

Martins Meadows, near Otley, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve and is one of the few flower-rich hay meadows left in Suffolk.

"It looks like around a dozen turfs supporting green-winged or early purple orchids have been taken, probably by someone who wanted them for their own garden," said Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserves manager Steve Aylward. "This is a criminal offence and the offenders face a substantial fine if caught. Transplantation of orchids is usually unsuccessful due to their very specific requirements - they certainly won't survive in a garden environment."

"Beautiful wild flowers protected in publicly accessible nature reserves are for the enjoyment of the whole community. It's a shame that some people feel the need to deprive others of this pleasure by acting on such selfish impulses,"


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"To prevent similar thefts we would appeal to people visiting our nature reserves to report any suspicious behaviour to me at Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

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