The Wildlife Partnership has been involved with the translocation of local biodiversity species at several locations and although generally this is not a favoured option, in certain circumstances the possibility of saving some iconic, local species from going under the digger makes the risks worthwhile. Most species of plants are well adapted to their existing location and the apparent quick fix of translocation can lead to many plants dying as it can be very difficult to mimic favoured conditions exactly. Translocation of orchids with as much substrate as possible to a location with similar ground conditions can be worthwhile but is not appropriate if the receptor site has been cultivated in the past or suffered enrichment from agricultural activity. This can make it impossible for the less common species to compete against aggressive growth of grass and generally these species require low nutrient conditions.
Digger removing turves with orchids at Eurocentral ready for sorting by volunteers