The talk will be given by botanist, Dr Peter Gasson. Peter began looking for British orchids in the mid to late 1970s, and has seen and photographed all of them except a couple of obscure Dactylorhiza species. The talk will include the iconic Lady's Slipper and the mythical Ghost Orchid. This talk is your chance to see his photographs of nearly all the 50 or so species of these fascinating and beautiful plants. He will also tell us about their rarity, habitat and characteristics and how they now consistently flower one or even two weeks earlier than two decades ago – another indication of climate change.
Peter has been interested in natural history since the early 1970s when he began badger watching, and then moved on to birds. He works as a botanist at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
(Photo: Marsh Orchid at Monkton reserve in Kent, by Czech Conroy)