Botany Groups & Resources in Britain and Ireland

Special Resources

Nature Book Sample Pages - to help you choose a book

Nature Forums Search - to help you find a nature forum (of which some botany ones are listed below).

Regional Wildflower/Botany Forums

Listed approx North to South (with Natural History Societies in brackets, and Pg for a page rather than a group)
• I recommend the enhanced value of being active in the smaller groups rather than the larger regional ones; there will be experts on both but the smaller ones have a greater sense of closeness.


Orkney(Outer Hebrides)Highlands + MorayTayside (Dundee, Perth and surrounds) & N Fife(Arran)Edinburgh/Lothians/S Fife (Flowers/Plants)Edinburgh (Trees)Edinburgh (Fungi)Glasgow/Strathclyde and wider region aroundVC77 (Lanarkshire)(Dumfries/Galloway)Scotland (Wildflowers & Fungi)Scotland (Lichens+)Scotland (Bryophytes)


UlsterIreland (wild & garden plants)


Glamorgan(Cardiff)N Wales/N England (non-flowering plants)Wales


Northumberland(Carlisle)Cumbria PlantsCumbria FungiN Wales/N England (non-flowering plants)NE EnglandDurhamTeesdaleLancashire/MerseysideWarringtonNW YorkshireNE YorkshireNorth Linconshire (VC54)South LincolnshireShropshireDerbyshire/StaffordshireNottinghamshireNorthhampton/DerbyshireEast Anglia (1)East Anglia (2)Brecklands (N&E Anglia)Bedfordshire(Bristol)Worcester (Pg)Somerset(London)London (Fungi)(Essex)SurreySurrey (Orchids)KentKent (Orchids)Kent (Fungi)(Orpington)SussexSussex (Orchids)Sussex (Fungi)Hampshire(Isle of Wight)(Cornwall)Isles of ScillyGuernsey

Britain and Ireland

Wildflowers of Britain and Ireland

Botanical Discussion (Britain and Ireland) - NB for experienced botanists: you will need a text-only work to answer the entry question, which is "What are the first four words on the page of Stace ed 4 p843, OR Stace ed 3 p126, OR Sell & Murrell vol 2 p108, OR Tutin-Clapham ed 3 p254, OR the names of the 4 segments in the banner picture?" If there's a difficulty seeing the question there, please do PM your answer!

BSBI Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (see alsoBSBI IrelandBSBI Scotland)


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Specialised UK Botany Groups

Hover over an item for its full title. Many of these groups are seasonal or spring into action some years more than others; but always feel free to post queries in them at any time as most of them have much helpful expertise to give -

ArtAquatic PlantsBrambles (Rubus)ConifersCotoneastersDaffodils (Narcissus)Dandelions (Taraxacum)Elms (Ulmus)EuphrasiaFumitories (Fumaria)Galls (& see book) • Grasses/Sedges/Rushes/Ferns/Mosses/Lichens/(Fungi)HawkweedsOrchids 1Orchids 2Production GroupRoses (Rosa)Seaweeds/AlgaeSedges (Carex)Slime MouldsTrees 1Trees 2Trees (High-Altitude Finds)Willows/Poplars (Salix/Populus)Winter Twig and Bud Recognition

• Also : Hints Group (Deliberately doesn’t give ids, but helps you find the id)

• Mushroom Groups : • ABCDE

• Gardening Groups (British Isles) : • IdentificationHelp & Tips

Blogs etc

Botany in Scotland - has a very regular "Plant of the Week"

Wild Flowers in Cleveland and North Yorkshire

"Violets and Others" - by Peter Leonard

PDF & Web Guides

NE England (James Commons) - click one of the Take a Look links

Hampshire - click one of the green rectangular links

Britain & Ireland (David Merrick mostly) - various genera (see its menu)

Cumbria - Click the "Look out for" links

East Anglia - Some broken links but numerous excellent guides


Sedges (Carex etc) - by Mark Gurney (alternative location)

Fumitories - by Mark Gurney

Yellow Sedges

Lemna Guides (various)

Conifers in the British Isles (1972, Mitchell) - Superb

A handbook of Coniferae, including Ginkgoaceæ (1923, ed 1, Dallimore & Jackson) - superb

1996 Edition of Blamey & Fitter - can be borrowed for free in 1 hr slots (free login)

Botanical Photo Sites

NB: Every site has its shortcomings. Some of these links are google searches, and you can replace in the search the plant you are after. (ferns)