The vice county of Monmouthshire is botanically diverse with a wide range of habitats from the nationally important semi-natural ancient woodlands in the east to the moorland and mires of the South Wales coalfield in the west and the saltmarshes of the Gwent Levels to the south.
The agricultural heartland of the county is home to several nationally threatened arable plants such as Corn Spurrey (Spergula arvensis) Stinking Chamomile (Anthemis cotula) and Sharp-leaved Fluellen (Kickxia elatine).
The county also has a significant population of Wild Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) in Wales as well as rarities such as Tintern Spurge (Euphorbia serrulata) and Fingered Sedge (Carex digitata).
The Flora of Monmouthshire (2007) by Trevor Evans has detailed accounts of all the species to be found in the county and is available by post from Trevor Evans or Steph Tyler.
Field meetings 2017
This programme is provisional as some venues may be changed. Days start at 10 a.m. continuing until about 3-4 p.m. All days are for helping to improve ID skills and recording for Atlas 2020.
- Saturday April 22nd - Penallt area - spring flowers
- Wednesday May 17th - Weeds of brownfield sites - Chepstow Industrial Estate
- Saturday June 17th - Cwmllanwenarth wet meadows - only site for Trollius (Globeflower) in the county
- Wednesday July 19th - possible visit to MOD Caerwent depending on manoeuvres
- Saturday August 19th - recording in SO20X and Y
- Wednesday September 13th - Aquatic plants ID day at Magor Marsh
Please let us know if you would like to be added to our mailing list. Booking essential and then we can let you know the exact meeting point and any further information.
The first Rare Plant Register for Monmouthshire was published in 2007 by Trevor Evans.
*NEW* You can now download a pdf of the 2017 Rare Plant Register, which includes records up to July 2017. Please send any additions, updates and corrections to the county recorders (above) and they will be included in the next edition.
The Monmouthshire Botany Group was established in 2013. It already has more than 30 participants with between 10-20 attending field meetings.
The group provides an opportunity for both beginners and those with some botanical knowledge to improve their field ID skills and to record in some of the less well-covered squares for Atlas 2020.
All are welcome to join the group and meet fellow and aspiring botanists.
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