Orchid discovery on major road

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Grass verges will not be cut on a busy South Yorkshire road to protect a colony of rare orchids.

Rotherham Council has recently agreed to postpone the cutting of verges in June and July along a 600-metre stretch of Manvers Way after the discovery of hundreds of bee orchids.

Teams from the authority met with representatives of the RSPB Old Moor nature reserve to discuss the flowers after being alerted by a member of the public.

Benjamin Whitworth, RSPB ranger, said: “We are used to species such as southern and northern marsh orchids, growing in the RSPB reserve, but not on the side of roads.”