Kent, 15 & 16

Kent Botanical Recording Group

The group was formed in March 2010 for the purpose of being a focus for the recording of vascular plants in Kent by:

>> providing a means of contact and communication, open to all who are interested in botanical recording in Kent; and

>> liaising with and supporting other natural history organisations with relevant interests.

KBRG arranges field meetings and forwards records to the BSBI and the Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre.

Having completed a general county resurvey over the ten-year period from 2010, the group is following up issues from that survey and focusing on Rare Plant Register records and Kent Biodiversity Strategy species.

Rare Plant Register

The group’s initial priority for recording is the preparation of an up-to-date Kent Rare Plant Register. The current list of plants to be covered by the register may be downloaded below.

The introduction to the register is available here:

The accounts of individual plants are to be issued as a series of drafts (see below), for feedback.  Up-to-date information is needed about whether plants are still at old sites; whether numbers are increasing /decreasing; and what threats there may be.

Comments on how the drafts can be improved may be sent to Geoffrey Kitchener.

*NEW* 2021 updates to drafts issued so far:

County Reports

Read the County Recorders' 2021 reports for East Kent and West Kent.

Read the County Recorders' 2020 reports for East Kent and West Kent

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Floras of Kent

*NEW* A reconstruction of Kent's Missing Flora: Francis Rose's Flora of Kent - more added, March 2021.


Click on the link to download Francis Rose's Flora of Kent.

Floras of Stodmarsh & Hothfield Heath

How well do you know these nature reserves? We are currently compiling studies of the flora and vegetation of these sites, which are being made available generally, and we are open to suggestions for their improvement. Click here to download the Flora of Stodmarsh and here for the Flora of Hothfield Heath (both updated March 2021).

Other Kent Floras

Eric Philp’s New Atlas of the Kent Flora (2010) and Atlas of the Kent Flora (1982) are the most recent general accounts of the county’s flora, but are now only obtainable secondhand.

Hanbury & Marshall’s 1899 Flora can be viewed here

Take a FISC in Kent in 2021

You can take a Field Identification Skills Certificate test in Kent in 2021. Contact details for the FISC centre in Kent can be found on the FISC page.

Identification of Kent plants

By Lliam Rooney

Conservation work

Owen Leyshon has been compiling information on rare species conservation in Kent. You can read the first of his reports here:

>> Kent Habitat Works 2015 

Plants which have been present in the county and would have qualified for the register, but which are no longer expected to be found, are listed below.

List of axiophytes

List of Kent axiophytes available to download.