Owing to its many unique habitats, North East England is home to a diverse and beautiful flora. Explore botany in the North East with NHSN’s passionate botany section.

The North East of England contains, in upper Teesdale, one of Britain’s hotspots for plants, and also a number of other notable botanical habitats – these include the Whin Sill, coastal dunes, upland hay meadows, the Durham Magnesian Limestone, calaminarian (heavy-metal contaminated) grassland and wet peat bogs. Many NHSN members are passionate about botany in the North East and regularly record, observe and enjoy our region’s plants. With your support, they carry out important surveys, submit records and contribute to the conservation of threatened species.

Mid-week Botany Group

NHSN’s Mid-week Botany Group is a friendly group of members who go out regularly on Wednesdays during the summer to look at plants. They visit a variety of habitats and landscapes across the North East and enjoy studying and identifying the plants they find.

The Mid-week Botany Group organisers are Kevin Charman and Bill Burlton

Coralroot Orchid © Ho-Yin Wong

Useful Contacts

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) appoints recorders for each vice-county who are always delighted to receive records of both common and interesting plant species.

These are:

County Durham (VC 66): John Durkin (durkinjl@aol.com)

South Northumberland (VC 67): Professor John Richards (hightreesgarden@btinternet.com) and Margaret Rogers (margaretrogers180@btinternet.com)

North Northumberland (VC 68): Chris Metherell (chris@metherell.org.uk)

Discover the flora of the North East

Explore a range of informative videos shared by botanical county recorder for North Northumberland, Chris Metherell

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Local botanist, Lizzie Maddison, shares lockdown notes from the rolling feels above Allenheads, Northumberland….
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Phil Hanmer explores the wilds of Abruzzo, Italy, sharing the interesting finds made on a recent NHSN members tour with NatureTrek….
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Naturalist, Ryan Clark, explores the hidden world of Bryophytes in the North East, sharing the species you could find on your walks across the region….
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Ahead of the New Year Plant Hunt 2021, Charlotte Rankin shares ten wildflowers to look out for this winter in the North East….
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Ahead of the New Year Plant Hunt 2021, naturalist, James Common shares some of the non-native species encountered on a Newcastle street….
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With autumn in full swing, naturalists across the North East are noticing an unusual abundance of seasonal fruits. Polly Stevens asks an important question: is 2020 a ‘mast year’?…