Sunday 21 July 2024

Recording in Shrawardine

We shall be meeting next Sunday 28th July at Shrawardine Millenium Green and churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Shrawardine.

We will meet at 11am at the gate onto the Green SJ 40074 15507 we can park neatly, just inside the gate. The aim is to record in the Green and then move to the churchyard in the village, neither of which have comprehensive species lists.

Cowbane, Cicuta virosa a scarce plant in Shropshire.​

For those feeling intrepid we can proceed after lunch to the nearby Shrawardine Pool SSSI, for which we have permission from the owners to look for Cowbane Cicuta virosa, Royal Fern Osmunda regalis, Skullcap Scutellaria galericulata and other goodies of marsh, swamp and fen.  We will have to do battle with nettles, brambles, mosquitos and boggy ground and a tangle of Willow and Alder roots, so unlike the morning it will be no walk in the park!  For further details contact leader Mags Cousins;, 07873 532681.

We look forward to seeing you next Sunday.

Sunday 30 June 2024

Messing about with Mags in Minsterley

The next field outing will be to Minsterley Meadows SSSI, Callow Lane, Minsterley, at 1pm on Sunday 7th July. 

Park and meet at Minsterley Parish Hall, SY50EH; 
Grid Ref SJ37520483; What3words:marketing.eggshell.opposites.

The two fields (approx 13.5 acres) are old semi-natural hay meadows, floristically rich and supporting Shropshire's largest population of Green-winged Orchids Anacamptis (Orchis) morio, which number in their thousands.

The Middle Marches Community Land Trust have made an offer on these meadows and are currently fund raising:

The Shropshire Botanical Society has made a pledge of £500 and on Sunday 7th will make a species list, to create an up-to-date record of what the site supports. 

There is a fund raiser event in the morning which is why we are starting the survey after lunch at 1pm to enable anyone to attend the fundraiser talk at the Hall first: Minsterley Meadows Fundraiser Event: The Natural Garden Sunday 7th July, Minsterley Parish Hall

10.00  – 12 noon: Nancy Lowe, The Natural Gardener ( (donations to the Appeal), picnic lunch if required. To attend you must book your place through:

For attendance on the Shropshire Botanical Society survey, contact leader Mags Cousins for further details;, 07873 532681.

We look forward to seeing you next week.

Saturday 8 June 2024

Limestone Lovelies!

 We will be meeting at Blackbridge Quarry in LlynclysSJ 2781 2417 on Saturday 15th June at 11:00 AM.

This is another site managed by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust. The site of an old limestone quarry, there are many lovely plants to see here including Anacamptis pyramidalis Pyramidal Orchid, Arabis hirsuta Hairy Rock-cress and Platanthera chlorantha Greater Butterfly-orchid.

Platanthera chlorantha Greater Butterfly-orchid 

For further information about the meeting please contact John Handley, 07507 054695,

Saturday 1 June 2024

Minsterley Meadows Update

The Middle Marches Community Land Trust are fundraising in order to buy and manage two flower-rich Meadows at Minsterley. Amongst many other species, the meadows support the largest population of green-winged orchids, Anacamptis (Orchis) morio, (below) in Shropshire. This has led to their designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England.

The appeal to buy the meadows is now live and will be officially launched on Sunday 9th June at 10:30 am at Minsterley Parish Hall, all are welcome to this event:

The Shropshire Botanical Society is supporting the campaign by pledging £500 and raising awareness through blog articles and writing to Minsterley Parish Council.  Mags Cousins, one of our Vice County Recorders, will be attending the launch which comprises talks and slide show, followed by a walk around the meadows.

You can make personal pledges by email to: 

or by post to:
Middle Marches Community Land Trust
Enterprise House
Bishops Castle

Sunday 19 May 2024

On the Fiddle

We will be visiting Rhos Fiddle Nature Reserve at 11:00 AM on Sunday 26th May. The reserve is managed by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust and parking is limited therefore car sharing is advised.

Meet at SO 2052 8576 where we will meet society member, and Site Warden, John Lydon. For those that know John, they will be aware of his extensive interest in many groups from invertebrates, plants and birds. We are timing the visit in order to hopefully see Viola lutea Mountain Pansies in flower (below).


John Handley is co-leading this walk: for further information about the meeting please contact John Handley, 07507 054695,

Tuesday 7 May 2024

Minsterley Meadows appeal

Many of you will be aware that two flower-rich hay-meadows on the eastern outskirts of Minsterley designated by Natural England as a Site of Special Scientific Interest have been offered for sale.

Following a public meeting on the 6th January a Minsterley Meadows working group was established and has successfully caught the eye of the Middle Marches Community Land Trust who have made an offer which was accepted. They now have until October 19th to raise the funds.

This is wonderful news as the Trust have quickly developed a reputation, over recent years, for successfully purchasing and managing areas for conservation.

This is the largest site for Green-winged Orchids, Anacamptis (Orchis) morio (below) in Shropshire and we would like to know if you as members who like to support this purchase and, if so, to what extent.

Your committee would like to know if you think the Shropshire Botanical Society should support this appeal. If you could complete this very short poll before Sunday 26th May we will take members views into account when we make our decision:

Further details of the appeal can be found here.  

Thank you for your help.

Sunday 21 April 2024

Society spring indoor meeting

The Society AGM is taking place next Sunday 29th April at 2:00 PM at Preston Montford. As ever, we will try and ensure that the formal part of the meeting will be succinct. Once the business has been completed we can look forward to a meeting where our Vice County Recorders, Mags Cousins and John Martin, demonstrate how to use iRecord – the favoured method to ensure your records are verified and end up forming part of our wonderful database. They will be using records that were collected last weekend at Prees Heath, a well-attended meeting where some lovely plants recorded including the Heath Dog-violet Viola canina below:


If there is time, there will also be a demonstration of how the records from the Botanical Society database can be downloaded and displayed in QGIS.

We are having a book sale so please donate any books that you think others would enjoy and please bring along a cake - the tea and coffee are provided.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.