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North Worcestershire Flora Group (NWFG)

The aims of the NWFG are:

  • To promote and encourage the study of wild plants in Worcestershire.
  • To collect, collate and submit plant records to the BSBI and NBN Atlas.
  • To hold meetings at least once a month, normally on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Meetings currently scheduled for 2022:

Tiddesley Woods 16th April, 10:30 at the reserve car park: https://goo.gl/maps/j7QekjxZcgi46TYz7

Camp Farm SSSI 21st May, 10:30 (Private calcareous meadow, with landowner permission to visit w NWFG) parking tbc

Bredon Hill 18th June, 10:30, parking tbc

Meetings for the rest of the year:

Date
Place
24th June
Dropping Well Farm
27th July
Wilden Marsh
17th August
Grimley Pits
27th August
Burlish Meadows / Top, Stourport
10th September
Puxton Marsh, Kidderminster
13th September
Trimpley Reservoir
3rd October
Urban Botany (TBC)
29th October
Stourport Canal Walk
7th November
Hanbury Church
19th November
Winter Twigs, Bodenham Arboretum

Meetings are open to everyone. NWFG leaders Thomas and Marian will update anybody who is interested and will send out emails closer to the time of the meetings to confirm details such as where to park etc.

If interested, please contact:

thomasdward.uk@gmail.com and davidsonmarian@rocketmail.com

County Recorders

Paul Reade

Email: pl.reade@gmail.com

John Day

Email: jjday37@btinternet.com

Flora of Worcestershire

The 2014 Flora of Worcestershire is one of a small number of significant Floras published in recent years. It is far more than an Atlas or checklist of the county, with full accounts of all species, including notes on their history, distribution and habitats. Only 500 copies were printed, and when they are sold it will be gone, so if you are likely to want a copy, order it soon. Once the paper copies are sold, we will make it available as a pdf for free downloading.

It is available from Summerfield Books for about £42 plus p&p, or direct from the author, Roger Maskew for £40 if you can collect it (from Roger or from the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust) or £47 if you want it posted (UK) only. Cheques to Roger Maskew, Coppice House, Bannalls Lane, Stoke Bliss, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8RZ. 

Examples of species accounts

Polygala serpyllifolia Hosé (P. serpyllacea Weihe), Heath Milkwort

Native     31     FR  As P. depressa, Wyre Forest, SO77, W. Mathews, 1844, WOS

More or less restricted to the Wyre Forest and the immediate surrounding areas where it is locally frequent in open heathy places in woodland, unimproved acid grassland, on pathsides, trackside banks and sandy hillsides. The two isolated and most southerly sites in the county were in acid grassland at Long Coppice (SO7550) and on Stonehall (SO8849) and Kempsey (SO8748) Commons. Early records are unreliable as they could refer to either this species or P. vulgaris and even Hardaker appears to have over-recorded P. serpyllifolia from a large area in the north (SO97 / 98) where it was only found in three tetrads during the survey. There is also a very dubious record of his from the limestone district at Broadway.

P. calcarea F.W. Schultz, Chalk Milkwort

Native     1     FR  Bredon Hill, SO9439, RM, 1974

Polygala-calcarea

Polygala calcarea, Bredon Hill, SO944392, May 2011

Very rare and only known from short limestone grassland on the north-western corner of Bredon Hill, where it had possibly been present for at least a century, but had gone unnoticed until being recorded in 1974. During the early part of the survey (1991-1994) it had been recorded in varying quantities (JWM), but had not been seen for some years before a large fragmented population of at least 2000 plants was found in 2006 (RM), with one colony of at least 800 plants (SO9439); subsequently there has been a somewhat erratic grazing of the area and there was a much reduced presence in 2011.

There is also an early specimen so named in WARMS which was collected from Bredon Hill by W. Cheshire in 1854, although it has not been confirmed as this species. In addition an early record of Jordan’s from the sandstone district between Bewdley and High Habberley (SO7976) has long been considered an error (W.N.C. Trans. 4, 1911) and there is a record of Hardaker’s from Broadway (Hardaker’s notes in his copy of A & R, but not included in his Appendix II to The Botany of Worcestershire, 1954) a locality where it has never been seen since despite an extensive search in 2006 (RM).