Beautiful British orchids: is climate change affecting them?

30 July 2015

Scientists know that climate change already impacts at least one UK orchid. The early spider-orchid, Ophrys sphegodes, now flowers several days earlier, on average, than it did at the beginning of the 1900s.

Museum researchers want to find out whether the same is true for other British orchid species, and how different species are responding to changes in temperature and rainfall across the UK. 

Join Dr Mark Spencer as he uncovers some of the striking wild orchids you could spot in the British countryside. He explains why it is important to understand how climate change is affecting British wildlife and how you can contribute to his research.

Identify nature

If you spot any wildlife in the UK that you'd like to identify or find out more about, the Museum's identification team can help.