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 Specialist Group.
Botany in the North East
The flora of North East England is incredibly diverse and botanists in our region are spoiled for choice when it comes to observing and enjoying wild plants.
In upper Teesdale, the North East holds one of Britain’s hotspots for wild plants, while the region is also home to many other notable botanical habitats including the Whin Sill, coastal dunes, upland hay meadows, the Durham Magnesian Limestone, calaminarian 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.
Whether you are a keen beginner or seasoned botanist, NHSN’s Botany Specialist Group provides opportunities for everyone to get involved in the study and enjoyment of plants.
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Your Botany Coordinators
Coordinators work to provide opportunities for you to enjoy, observe and learn about different strands of natural history.
Chris organises field trips and talks, produces informative videos and leads courses to inspire others about botany.
As a botanist, Chris is the BSBI vice-county recorder for North Northumberland, UK’s national referee for Eyebrights and a former President of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.
James works with Chris to organise botanical trips, talks and digital content to provide opportunities for others to get involved in local botany.
Alongside Chris, James is also joint vice-county recorder for North Northumberland (VC68).
Coming soon: Discovering Orchids ›
Of all the wildflowers to be found in the North East, few capture the imagination quite like our region’s exquisite orchids.
Ahead of a special regional atlas, in 2022, we need your help to put these iconic wildflowers on the map across the North East. Urban, rural, beginner or expert, everyone can help.
Join the North East Botany Group
Are you passionate about wild plants?
NHSN and the Environmental Records Information Centre North East (ERIC) have come together to create a new group to encourage the recording and enjoyment of our region’s wildflowers.
Whether you’re a keen botanist or someone who simply enjoys observing and photographing wildflowers, this group is for you.
Covering Northumberland, Durham, and Teesside, this is a place to share sightings and photographs, discuss, request identification, and meet like-minded people.
Botany in County Durham
Durham Wildlife Trust’s Botany Group aims to provide an interest in, and enjoyment of, all aspects of flora, within and beyond the Durham area.
Throughout the year, they run a busy programme of field trips to record and enjoy wild plants across the county.
The group have a thriving Facebook group and all are welcome to join.
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
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.
County Durham (VC 66): Keith Robson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
South Northumberland (VC 67): Professor John Richards (email@example.com) and Margaret Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
North Northumberland (VC 68): Chris Metherell (email@example.com) and James Common (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Your wildflower sightings
Share your botanical sightings by contacting James at email@example.com
More on North East botany
Explore a range of informative articles and local reports to inspire you about plant life in the North East.