Welcome ......

.... to the Wild Flower Society's website. We are a national society created specifically for amateur botanists and wild flower lovers in Britain and Ireland. During the spring, summer and early autumn months we hold field meetings where local leaders conduct guided walks which show off wild plants in their natural habitats.

Talking point

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Hogweed  (Heracleum sphondylium) A common native plant which causes some people to fear it so much they cut it down. But it does little harm. Read more here

The Wild Flower Society has been running since 1886 and proudly boasts a number of very eminent botanists and academics amongst its ranks with at least fourteen members having plants named after them. But there are also many enthusiastic, amateur flower-lovers who just come along to learn more about field botany and generally enjoy being outdoors with like-minded individuals. We have no particular aspiration to scientific endeavour, our meetings are purely for the pleasure of seeing and getting to know the wild plants around us.

If we have a specialty, it is helping beginners to know their plants. Our field meetings, which are held all over the country, are where many of us started to explore the flora of the British Isles. Our leaders and members as happy using the common names of plants as they are with the Latin.

Please feel free to browse our website - if you are interested getting to know British and Irish wild flowers you are in the right place!

Society News

Accounts for year ending 2019

Our accounts are usually approved at the September A.G.M. which was cancelled. The Executive committee met on November 14th using Zoom and Sheila reported that the accounts had been approved by WFS members in the recent ballot sent in the magazine. We have under spent by approximately £7,000 because of cancellations caused by the the epidemic.

Meetings of the Executive Committee

As you may have read in this news column, the Executive committee met using Zoom on November 14th. The society's officers were re-elected unopposed again through a ballot of the WFS membership. We may have to use Zoom on more occasions so the society has approved the use of Zoom pro which will cost about £120 per year and has no time limitations. The Wild Flower Society's Executive Committee:

  • Peter Llewellyn (Chair)
  • Sheila Wynn (General Secretary)
  • Robin Blades (Treasurer)
  • Janet John (Meetings Secretary)
  • Anne Kell (Magazine Editor)
  • Nichola Hawkins (Publicity Secretary)
  • Nicola Dixon (Liaison Officer)
  • John Swindells
  • Roger Heath-Brown
  • Pauline Wilson
  • Helen Dignum

Website

At a further Zoom meeting on November 15th, the executive committee discussed a proposal paper for a new website. They approved the proposal which will now be used as a basis for getting quotes from various developers to re-create our website professionally such that more than one person can be responsible for, and update various sections.

The Society now has a Facebook page with about 2,200 members run by Peter Llewellyn, Peter Jepson, Dawn Nelson and Moira O'Donnell. a Twitter account run by Nichola Hawkins and will soon have an Instagram account run by Helen Dignum.

2021 Field Meetings

As you know, all of our planned meetings for 2020 were abandoned because of the Covid 19 epidemic. The good news is that many leaders have agreed to offer them again in 2021. More detail later.

2021 Members' Weekend

Similarly, our Annual General meeting at Margham near Port Talbot, was cancelled. We have re-booked the same centre (Margham in South Wales) for 2021.


     Flowering plants in Winter   and early Spring

Some will flower all winter, others are spring flowers some of which will flower very early.

Updated 3rd June 2020, updated 4th June 2020 updated 9th June 2020, updated 13th June 2020, 30th Sept 2020, 17th Oct 20, 16th November 2020