Today I rescued some bee orchids (Ophrys apifera) from being mowed.
I spotted these beautiful and distinctive little flowers outside work yesterday. With the brown centre that is shaped to look like a bee, they’re one of nature’s great mimics. Sadly, they’re declining in numbers. Each single flower takes the plant up to 8 years to produce. If it is cut too soon, its only chance of producing seeds is lost.
This morning I arrived at the restaurant only to see the mower at work.
I’m sure you can imagine my horror!
After a quick word with my manager I headed outside to speak to the man with the mower. I showed him the orchids and he said that he’d leave that patch untouched. To my delight, when I returned during my break later in the day there was not just one patch left unmowed, but two.