Orchids rescued from Cornish building site

Southern Marsh Orchid The orchid was rescued from a building site near Camborne

A colony of rare orchids has been saved from a building site at South Crofty, near Camborne, in Cornwall, and given a new home.

The purple-flowered Southern Marsh Orchids were rescued by research scientist Anne Osman.

She said transplanting the endangered species was illegal without permission and described it as a "delicate task".

The orchids have taken to a new home at nearby Duchy College Rosewarne.

Mrs Osman said the species was in decline, especially in Cornwall.

She said: "I was contacted by an ecologist who said they had found the orchids on the site where a road was going to be built.

"When you lose a plant you lose a whole eco-system that depends on that plant. They are a bee friendly plant.

"Our grandchildren deserve to be able to see these plants. We're preserving our cultural and mining heritage. This is equally important."

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