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

Water Chickweed Myosoton aquaticum

By September this straggling perennial catches the eye where it forms large patches in the undergrowth by streams and rivers. 

It has large white flowers with petals divided nearly to the base, 5 styles, lower leaves with short (<1cm) petioles and its upper stems are glandular-hairy all round.

It resembles Greater Chickweed Stellaria neglecta (which has stems with 1-2 lines of hairs between each internode and 3 styles) and the scarce Wood Chickweed S.  nemorum (which also has 3 styles, upper stems uniformly hairy and lower leaves with long (>2cm) petioles.
Water Chickweed (Myosoton aquaticum)

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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