Wiltshire Botanical Society

Welcome


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

October
Hairy Bindweed Calystegia pulchra

Hairy Bindweed looks like Large Bindweed C. silvatica and forms similarly rampant colonies in hedgerows and road verges. Typically, it has large pink and white striped flowers and strongly inflated bracteoles. Unlike C. silvatica, its leaves are nearly parallel-sided in the lower third and a careful search of its petioles and pedicels with a hand-lens will always reveal short hairs, though they may be few in number.

It is common around Amesbury and appears to have spread along the A303 nearby, where it can be spotted on the verges near Stonehenge. It is likely to be under-recorded elsewhere.
Hairy Bindweed (Calystegia pulchra)

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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