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A BBC report on Herbarium specimens of orchids used in a climate change study.

Here’s one of our early spider orchids (Ophrys spegodes) at the Manchester Museum Herbarium.  It’s from Gillingham, Kent, collected in 1892 by Dr G.A.O. St Brody.  He writes a note on the paper: “I know of no other habitat – it is a rare orchid in Kent”

Delighted to see Herbarium specimens in the news:


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    Good news nature stories « Nature Manchester said:
    September 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    […] This is a fantastic story about the usefulness of Herbarium collections in the climate change story. Lindsey has posted an image of one of our Spider orchids on the Herbology blog. […]

    Kaspar said:
    January 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Hiya Lindsey,
    We are currently working on the ‘New Light on Old Bones Project’, collaborating with the Rossendale Museum to look at the social history context of natural history collections. (
    Earlier in the year we came across an old herbarium in a Finnish attic, a huge heavy folder packed with beautifully pressed and labeled wild flora. After speaking with some of the local residents it turned out that it was common practice in Finland, until relatively recently, for all school children to compile such a folder. Wow! We were wondering if this was ever the case in the UK?

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