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.

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 likeminded people. 

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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Dr. Margaret Bradshaw, renowned champion of Upper Teesdale’s rare plants for over sixty years, is set to start a new fundraising adventure. …
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NHSN member, Jane Kysow, shares a short account of fern identification trip to Hareshaw Linn in Northumberland…
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Last week, NHSN members set out in search of bees and Bee Orchids at Silverlink Biodiversity Park. Here, James Common takes a look back at what they discovered….
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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….