CANCELLED: The Past, the Present and a Disturbing Glimpse into the Future: The Importance of Long-term Studies in Orchid Conservation Research

Date:
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The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
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Spider Orchid
Image © Michael Hutchings

CANCELLED EVENING LECTURE 18:00–19:00 Thursday 19 March 2020

Unfortunately due to the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the decision has been made to cancel this event. We apologies for any inconvenience and do hope to reschedule in the future. Please keep an eye on our website for further updates.

The UK range of the early spider orchid, Ophrys sphegodes, has declined by two-thirds in the last 80 years. This talk reviews some insights from a 30-year field-based study of the species undertaken to develop a strategy for its conservation. Aspects of the population dynamics of the species will be described, including effects of different grazing regimes and annual weather conditions. In addition, long-term weather records, data from herbaria and museums, and results from the field study will be combined to show that climate change poses a potentially catastrophic threat to the orchid’s sophisticated pollination mechanism and future reproductive success.

Prof Michael Hutchings (University of Sussex) has studied the population ecology and conservation of several rare and endangered plant species, including several orchids, the ecology of clonal herbs, the effects of environmental patchiness on plant performance and foraging behaviour, and used long-term datasets to examine the impacts of changing climate on plant phenology. He has been awarded two Erskine Fellowships at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, and an Honorary Research Fellowship at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He was Executive Editor of Journal of Ecology for a period of 10 years.


  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30. Please note that the meeting room will open at 17:45, 15 minutes prior to the start of the talk.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a white wine reception (£3 per glass).
  • Please note that Fellows-only tickets are limited to two tickets per Fellow (one for themself and a guest).