The Wild Flower Society is the only national society created specifically for amateur botanists and wild flower lovers in the UK.  We are a friendly group who like to meet up throughout the summer months to see and photograph British wild plants in their natural habitats. The Society has been running for over a century and proudly boasts a number of very eminent botanists and academics amongst our ranks with at least fourteen members having plants named after them!

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Gentiana verna Spring Gentian

Flowers from mid April to May in Teedsale and County Clare, Ireland

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Gentiana verna (Spring Gentian)

Starting to flower very soon (Mid April to May)

But there are also many enthusiastic flower-lovers who just come along to learn more about field botany and generally enjoy being outdoors with like-minded individuals.

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


Every year The Wild Flower Society supports many different wild flower related projects including regional Floras, workshops, field courses and so on. More details and links to grant application details can be found here: Wild Flower Society Grants

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COVID 19 Virus: Consequences for the Wild Flower Society

Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, following government advice on social distancing to slow the spread of Covid-19 and protect at-risk groups, we have had to take the decision to cancel all field meetings for 2020.

We will make a decision about our AGM later in the year once we have more information about the longer-term picture nationally; we plan to reach a decision on this in June and will let members know as soon as possible.

Members can still correspond with their branch secretaries, and those who have not done so already may like to use Facebook WFS Facebook Page or WFS Twitter page , to share news and pictures of plants they have found when out walking alone, or to enjoy others' finds while unable to go out themselves. We hope that our shared love of wild flowers can still bring some joy during these worrying times.

New Additions to WFS website 2020

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