As many of you will know, Sally and I with others from the group have been busy working on the “Robert Pocock Herbarium” project with the Natural History Museum in London. Robert Pocock was really interested (obsessed?) with orchids. He collected them and also transplanted them hoping to increase their abundance. (We now know that this rarely works and, quite corrrectly, is now illegal). We found a number of his orchid specimens in the NHM herbarium. The photograph shows David and myself, at the NHM, having just found our very first Robert Pocock specimen – an orchid!
While we were working on our project the herbarium staff were also working on an orchid and climate change project. This project has just launched “Orchid Observers”. It is a citizen science project and there are several ways that you can get involved. Have a look at their website. I am absolutely certain that Robert Pocock would have had a go!