Cumbria, 69 & 70

County Recorders

The vice-county recorders for VCC 69 and 70 are Mike Porter, Phill Brown and Jeremy Roberts, and there is an active group, the Flora of Cumbria Recording Group, which functions within Cumbria Wildlife Trust, and is currently involved in recording for the BSBI Atlas 2020 project.

Mike should be contacted on matters relating to recording of plants in the county.

Cumbria botany online…

Have a look at the active new Facebook group for news items and discussion of any aspect of Cumbrian botany, at:

A website, Cumbria Botany, still very much in development, is at:

Your comments, inputs, and ideas for the development of these sites will be welcomed.

The existing flora is A Flora of Cumbria (1997) by Geoffrey Halliday (published by University of Lancashire Centre for Northwest Regional Studies).

The Rare Plant Register of Cumbria by Mike Porter and Geoffrey Halliday was published in 2014. It is intended to make updated versions available for download in due course.

Both these publications are available from Summerfield Books

A Flora of Cumbria gives the total of non-critical species recorded since 1970 as 1373 – an impressive indication of the range of habitats available, in such a relatively northern location.

The administrative county of Cumbria comprises the two vice-counties, 69 and 70, which have been treated together for botanical recording.

At 2,613 square miles (6,767 square kilometres) Cumbria is the third largest county in England (after North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire).

Its entire western boundary borders the Irish Sea, with important estuaries in the north (the Solway Firth), the southwest (the Esk and Duddon), and in the south, with the vast mudflats of Morecambe Bay.

To the north the wild ‘Border’ region abuts Scotland (vice-counties Dumfries, VC72; Roxburgh, VC80), and the eastern boundary, down the length of the North Pennines, meets the vice-counties of South Northumberland (VC67), County Durham (VC66), and Northwest Yorkshire (VC65).

In the southeast, Sedbergh District, actually part of VC65, is within the county of Cumbria, and was treated in A Flora of Cumbria and The Rare Plant Register of Cumbria. To the south is West Lancashire (VC60).

The landscapes of Cumbria are dominated by the two great masses of strikingly contrasting geology, morphology, aspect, and flora: the Lake District and the North Pennines. These face each other across the wide northward-running valley of the River Eden, with its vigorous tributary the River Caldew.

A description of the landscapes and some of the special plants of Cumbria is on the website, address above.

Meetings of the Flora of Cumbria Recording Group for 2017

Do join us, whatever your level of skill, and if you are a ‘new starter’ don't be shy of asking – and asking again! Please contact the leader, where a mobile phone number is given, close to the day of the meeting.

Please consult the BSBI’s Code of Conduct and Safety in the Field documents beforehand – both are available to download via the Field Meetings page.

All meetings start at 10 a.m.

May 20th (Saturday): NY00 (Gosforth) – Leader Mike Porter. Meeting-place: car park on A595 at NY049.051.

June 19th (Monday): SD39 (Grizedale) – Leader Mike Porter. Meeting-place: Blind Lane Carpark, Force Mills, S of Satterthwaite, Grizedale, SD343.912

July 4th (Tuesday): NY43 (east side; Hutton-in-the-Forest) – Leader Jeremy Roberts. Meeting-place: Hutton-in-the-Forest, by permission of Lord Inglewood. Meet in the visitors car-park, NY460.358.

July 19th (Wednesday): NY50 (High Borrowdale) – Leader Phill Brown. Meeting-place: lay-by on E side A6, at top of Shap Fells, NY554.062.

August 3rd (Thursday): NY62 (Bolton) – Leader Mike Porter. Meeting-place: N-S road on E side of triangle in middle of village of Bolton, NY6379.2324.

August 25th (Friday) : NY73 (South Tyne to Moorhouse) – Leader Phill Brown. Meeting-place: in centre of Garrigill, NY7448.4155. Weather dependent; rough and exposed ground.

September 9th (Saturday): NY44 (west side; Southwaite) – Leader Jeremy Roberts. Meeting-place: layby on E side of A6 by Wragmire Moss, NY4510.4916.

Contact Mike Porter (link opposite) in case of queries.

Phone numbers: Phill: 07871 608 902; Mike: 07803 349 861; Jeremy: 07849 431 732