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At the site of the find in Tralee is: Sam Lock Tidy
Tralee, Ger Scollard Irish Wildlife Trust Kerry Branch, Mairead Fernane and Tim Guiheen of Tidy Tralee. Front row from left: Jessica Hamilton botanist and one of the leaders of BSBI Kerry (Botanical Society Of Britain and Ireland- Kerry Branch), Iseuld Brick Dunne , Arthur Brick Dunne of Tidy Tralee, Martha Farrell Tidy Tralee and Anluan Dunne of Tidy Tralee . Photo By Domnick Walsh

At the site of the find in Tralee is: Sam Lock Tidy Tralee, Ger Scollard Irish Wildlife Trust Kerry Branch, Mairead Fernane and Tim Guiheen of Tidy Tralee. Front row from left: Jessica Hamilton botanist and one of the leaders of BSBI Kerry (Botanical Society Of Britain and Ireland- Kerry Branch), Iseuld Brick Dunne , Arthur Brick Dunne of Tidy Tralee, Martha Farrell Tidy Tralee and Anluan Dunne of Tidy Tralee . Photo By Domnick Walsh

This is the second time ever a Bee Orchid has been found in the townland of Tralee

This is the second time ever a Bee Orchid has been found in the townland of Tralee

At the site of the find in Tralee is Martha Farrell - Institute of Technology Tralee and a member of Tidy Tralee

At the site of the find in Tralee is Martha Farrell - Institute of Technology Tralee and a member of Tidy Tralee

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At the site of the find in Tralee is: Sam Lock Tidy Tralee, Ger Scollard Irish Wildlife Trust Kerry Branch, Mairead Fernane and Tim Guiheen of Tidy Tralee. Front row from left: Jessica Hamilton botanist and one of the leaders of BSBI Kerry (Botanical Society Of Britain and Ireland- Kerry Branch), Iseuld Brick Dunne , Arthur Brick Dunne of Tidy Tralee, Martha Farrell Tidy Tralee and Anluan Dunne of Tidy Tralee . Photo By Domnick Walsh

Efforts to enhance Tralee's biodiversity have received a major boost following the discovery of a rare Bee Orchid (ophrys apifera) along the Tralee N69 by-pass.

Tralee botanist Gosia Horajska discovered the orchid, which is being hailed as a significant find for wildlife enthusiasts who have campaigned against mowing and spraying grass wastelands in order to boost wildflowers and pollination.

"It's great that Kerry County Council have agreed to put measures in place to improve biodiversity and we're already starting to see results," said botanist and ecologist, Jessica Hamilton.