We spotted some bee orchids on a dormant building site, the first time I've seen them so it was really exciting! The orchids are on the outskirts of Attleborough, Norfolk, and on a council owned piece of land that they eventually want to build industrial units on. What I was wondering is if the council have a responsibility to move the orchids if they ever start building the units on there, or if they can just dig the site up and ignore them? If they need to move them should I contact the council and make sure they are aware they are there?
Although bee orchids are locally common with a scattered distribution, their local abundance can vary from year to year. I imagine that the Norfolk Wildlife Trust would at least be interested in the record of them at the site, and they'd be best placed to confirm what their conservation/protection status is.