The photograph above was taken in 2011 and shows a young Jacob Coles (aged twelve I think) when he was already showing immense promise as orchid grower, scientist and researcher. I am delighted to report that this promise has continued, and he has just started a fascinating, orchid based, research Masters Degree at Kent University, following his graduation last summer in Wildlife Conservation.
Jacob’s Masters title is ‘ Neotinea ustulata: Conservation ecology and restoration in Kent’ and is focussed on the Burnt Tip Orchid (Neotinea ustulata). His work will include studying pollination biology, reintroduction potential and in-vitro germination. We can wait to hear what Jacob discovers, and look forward to sharing his research here.