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

Common Poppy Papaver rhoeas

Is there a more evocative sight than a field of poppies blooming in mid-summer?

Of our five native (archaeophyte) true poppies, the Common Poppy is the one we come across most frequently. This year has been a good one for the species, with spectacular shows in some parts of Wiltshire.

It has smooth capsules that are only slightly longer than wide, distinguishing it from the Long-headed Poppy P. dubium and Yellow-juiced Poppy P. lecoqi. The two other native poppies are much scarcer and both have bristly capsules.
Common Poppy

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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