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Many of our members enjoy exploring the North East in search of our fascinating flora. Our members play an important role in recording and monitoring species of plants, mosses and lichens in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham.

Cladonia macilenta, Sidwood © Janet Simkin

In the What’s On section of this page you can see forthcoming botany talks, field trips and activities organised by the Society Botany Group. All NHSN members are very welcome to come along to these friendly events, whether you are a beginner or an expert. As well as plants we also see other wildlife!

If you are interested in learning more about plants then why not join one of our education courses? Our courses are a mixture of field outings and classroom sessions at the Great North Museum: Hancock. For more details, click here.

NHSN’s Mid-week Botany Group is a friendly group of members who go out regularly on Wednesdays throughout the year to look at plants and carry out survey work.

Lindisfarne Helleborine © Colin Scrutton

Our region has a wide range of habitats in which to explore for plants including some hotspots such as Upper Teesdale and some species for which the North East is notable, such as the Lindisfarne Helleborine.

The Botany Section is co-ordinated by Angus Lunn, Janet Simkin, John Richards and Janet Angel. If you would like to get more involved and help us to plan, organise or run a lecture or field trip for Society members then we would love to hear from you, please get in contact with us via the NHSN Office.

For more information about botany please follow the links below:

Midweek Botany Group

Botany in the North East