Volunteers made a thorough and detailed survey of the county’s wild flowers which was published as a book, ‘The Wiltshire Flora’, in 1993. Instead of disbanding, the members joined together to form the Wiltshire Botanical Society.
Our aims are to
To foster botanical knowledge and to spread interest in our local flora
To increase members knowledge and skills
To publicise threats to the habitat and to the survival of wild plants
Members and outside speakers give talks during the winter. Some have covered botanical trips in Britain or abroad. Others have described different habitats, groups of plants or national surveys. Also, visiting experts explain their professional work or research. Afterwards, members meet for tea and discussion.
We arrange a full programme of outings to interesting sites in Wiltshire or neighbouring counties, the leader and members sharing their knowledge of plants. We have also had residential trips each year, visiting Devon, Dorset, South Wales, Kent and Oxfordshire. This allows us to explore and enjoy a variety of plant communities.
Monitoring and research
Members record changes in plant populations found in sites of botanical interest and submit data to the Biological Records Centre in Devizes. We also undertake other botanical research projects in conjunction with Natural England, Plantlife and the BSBI. Members contribute to local knowledge of arable weeds, assist with recording work in new reserves and help to provide data to establish a Wiltshire Rare Plants Register.
The Society issues a newsletter twice a year, with accounts of its outings and indoor meetings and news of local plant life. Our scientific publication Wiltshire Botany has so far been published annually.
Please contact Sue Fitzpatrick on 01722 410807 . Annual membership costs £15 (single) and £20 for couples.
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Please feel free to send Sharon Pilkington contributions for the website and social media on sharon.pilkington1(at)btinternet.com.
Plant of the month
A curious parasitic climber without chlorophyll. It parasitises a range of plants including Ling and Gorse and in some years is abundant by late summer in heaths and dry calcareous grasslands.