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

Gorse Ulex europaeus

Gorse can be found flowering in every month of the year and it is a surprisingly common shrub, even in (mostly) calcareous Wiltshire. However, its presence in chalk/limestone grassland nearly always indicates a cap of acid clay-with-flints or strongly leached ground. As a member of the pea family, Gorse can fix its own nitrogen so is happy on poor soils.

Its flowers are delightfully vanilla-scented and are much loved by nectar-seeking insects.

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