Leicestershire & Rutland, v.c. 55

BSBI VC55: the Botany Group

*NEW* Click on the link to download a presentation from March 2017 on Atlas 2020 recording progress in VC55

The BSBI VC55 group was started in 2008 by a group of botanical enthusiasts who enjoy sharing field ID tips; as of 2016, our numbers have grown to almost 300. The group encourages BSBI members and their local guests to botanise, learn and record together.

We welcome both advanced and beginner botanists on our annual programme of field meetings. From April to October we focus on flowering plants and in winter we switch to gymnosperms, bryophytes and lichens; our winter talks and workshops are hosted by the University of Leicester Botanic Garden.

Here's the link to contact the VC55 Group for more info or to be added to our mailing list.

Local Group Meetings

Our Meetings calendar for 2017 is now available on our blog (link on right). On the blog, you can find out about our field and indoor meetings throughout the year.

We hold some meetings on fixed dates (shown in the calendar) and also arrange others in an impromptu manner, using suggestions from the group and an on-line polling system (Doodle) to decide the best day for the majority of participants. Meetings are usually held at weekends and last for half a day, but we also hold weekday evening meetings during the summer. Our communications are all carried out electronically, usually by email.

You are welcome to attend our meetings (there is no charge) but please consult both the BSBI Code for Field Safety and BSBI Guidance for Participants at Field Meetings beforehand. Both can be found on the BSBI Meetings page.


The County Recorders are Geoffrey Hall and Russell Parry. 

You can also use this link to contact the VC55 Group.

Local Resources

VC55 Blog - news and info for botanists in VC55. 

Resources for Recorders – stored in our Google Drive.

The Flora of Leicestershire & Rutland: Checklist and Rare Plant Register by Michael Jeeves; now available from Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. 

Leicestershire publications

The Flora of Groby Parish, Martinshaw Wood and Sheet Hedges, by Edith Hesselgreaves, 1973. Digitised by Stephen Woodward.