Wiltshire Botanical Society


Welcome to the Wiltshire Botanical Society. Our roots began in the 1980's when volunteers made a thorough and detailed survey of Wiltshire's flora, culminating in the publication of the Flora of Wiltshire in 1993. Instead of disbanding, the members joined together to form the Wiltshire Botanical Society. The society's aims are to:
  • Foster botanical knowledge and to encourage interest in our local flora
  • Increase members' knowledge and skills
  • Publicise threats to habitats and populations of wild plants
  • Undertake field meetings
  • Contribute botanical records to local and national recording schemes

Plant of the Month

Zigzag Clover Trifolium medium

There are so many wonderful plants to see in Wiltshire in June so here's a slightly less well known species. 

Zigzag Clover strongly resembles Red Clover T. pratense although its flowers are usually a deeper hue of pink. As its name suggests, it also has stems that zigzag. Colonies often form large clonal patches (sometimes metres across) in rough grassland; it is particularly common on Salisbury Plain. 

If in doubt about its identity, check the stipules - Zigzag Clover has green ones that taper to a point and lack the brownish apical bristles characteristic of Red Clover.
Zigzag Clover

Join Us!

We are a very friendly society and welcome new members, whatever their age, background or level of botanical knowledge. Annual membership costs £15 (single) and £20 for couples. To join, please contact our Treasurer, Sue Fitzpatrick on 01722 410807 or email Sue 

Not sure if it's for you? Potential new members are very welcome to join us free of charge for a few field meetings before committing to membership. 

Website Contributions

We always welcome news and contributions for our website and Facebook page. Please send them to Sharon Pilkington

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