Recording all plants growing wild in Somerset, not just the rarities!

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Recording all plants growing wild in Somerset, not just the rarities!

Somerset Rare Plants Group is 20 years old

We celebrated with an Anniversary Conference on Sunday October 8th 2017

at Monkton Heathfield near Taunton

We had some really good talks from distinguished and inspirational outside speakers and some of our own knowledgeable members.
It was a great opportunity to meet up with members of SRPG and share in the birthday celebrations with a buffet lunch and birthday tea. 
There were also botanical colleagues from neighbouring counties, so it was an interesting SW botanists gathering.

 

Cheddar Pink (Dianthus gratianopolitanus) photo FJR

Cheddar Pink.
(Dianthus gratianopolitanus) photo FJR

Discussed first in 1996, the group was initially launched in the summer of 1997 with the aim of surveying the vascular plants of Somerset. We are monitoring the rare and scarce species in the county and working towards the production of a Rare Plant Register.
We have indoor winter meetings, field recording meetings throughout the summer months and occasional plant identification workshops.
An annual Newsletter keeps members up to date with monitoring activities, taxonomic changes, interesting botanical finds, new records for the county and progress with the Rare Plant Register. There are also accounts of all the meetings throughout the year. The Newsletter archive is a valuable record of the group’s activities.
We aim to continue the long tradition of botanical recording in Somerset and are keen to encourage new botanists and the more experienced to join in. It all helps to add to the knowledge of Somerset’s varied flora. Our activities contribute to the understanding of plant distribution, not only in the county but also in Britain as a whole. Plant conservation is also an important aspect of our work.
If you share any of these aims, would like to know more, or are thinking of joining us please go to the “contact us”  page.

If you have plant records which could be of interest, you can download an Occasional Records Form and send it to the address shown.

 

Minuartia verna at Priddy Mineries photo:HXP

Spring Sandwort (Minuartia verna) at Priddy Mineries photo:HXP

 

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