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

Woolly Thistle Cirsium eriophorum

A very handsome plant and one that is usually at its best in late summer. The basal leaf rosettes may reach a metre across and well-grown plants up to 2 metres high. On Salisbury Plain and other downland sites it can form swarms numbering hundreds of plants - a spectacular sight. The handsome flowerheads are about the size of an apple and are very attractive to bees and other nectar-feeding insects.
Woolly Thistle

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