Northamptonshire, v.c. 32

Northamptonshire Flora Group

The Northamptonshire Flora Group was first formed to facilitate the publication of a new vice-county flora, which was published in 1995.  Since then a small group of botanists have worked together to record for the Millenium Atlas, the local change project and a much expanded and completely updated flora which was published last year.  We are currently recording for the New Atlas with the intention of covering the whole of the vice-county between 2011 and 2020.  You are welcome to join us on any of our outings (detailed below), please contact Rob Wilson to find out more details.

In addition to the Northamptonshire Flora Group, which covers the whole of the vice-county, there is also the the East Northants and Soke of Peterborough Group which covers the north-east of the vice-county.  Meanwhile if anyone requires further information, or wishes to be added to the poll for outings, please contact Alyson Freeman

Field Meetings 2016

All meetings will start at 11.00 am.  Exact meeting points will be decided after visiting permissions have been obtained.  If you are attending please contact Rob Wilson (01536 711144 for further information nearer the time.


Bedford Purlieus   TL041995

19 June 2016

Bedford Purlieus is a large area of ancient woodland.  It has been continuously wooded since at least Roman Times and may have the richest flora of any English lowland wood.  In addition it contains more plants that are rare in vice-county 32 than any other site and although it has been well recorded over the years the records for the rarer plants are in need of updating.  We will be recording in the various tetrads contained within the wood , but aiming to find and confirm the presence of the wild flowers if possible, working towards an updated Rare plant Register for vice-county 32.

Leader Rob Wilson

County Recorder

Rob Wilson, 23 Cecil Street, Rothwell, NN14 6EZ


>> Checklist of the Flora of v.c. 32, listing all species recorded, historically and currently.

>> Wild Thyme 2014

Rare Plant Register

A new Rare Plant Register has just been completed and is available here. This new publication now includes dot maps that cover all the known records for each species, showing in some cases the extreme contaction of the range within the vice-county over the past 150 years.

The file is huge: a pdf of 50MB, so it might take some time to download it all.  Left-click to open it, right-click to download:

>> Northamptonshire Rare Plant Register