Saturday, 14 May 2022

For our next trip....

Sunday 22nd May:  Secret Hills Discovery Centre Meeting at 10-12.30pm in the car park (SO 43478 82502)

The meeting will combine training and recording, especially grasses of the hay meadow, river floodplain and damp woodland. The morning will be led by Mags Cousins and we are aiming to provide the Secret Hills Discovery centre with a more complete species list and a botanical training opportunity for their volunteers as well as Botanical Society members. Booking is necessary through the Centre, either book at reception or call Tammy Shurmer on 01588 676060, email:  There are good facilities with toilets, shop and cafe and easy access paths.  You are welcome to stay on after the field meeting and enjoy the Centre and other local attractions. 

Small Tortoiseshell on Ox-eye Daisy

Sunday, 24 April 2022

Spring ephemerals and Spring Coppice

Hard on the heels of the first field meeting, the second Society outing is scheduled for next Sunday:

Sunday 1st May. Lyth Hill. Meet at 10:00am. The meeting place is at the car park at (SJ 472 068). We hope to explore both the woodland of Spring Coppice and the species-rich grassland to the south of the coppice. We are hoping that there will still be some spring ephemerals near the car park to find. For further information please contact Andrew Perry:

The event is free, all are welcome to join us, you don't have to be a member, just message us at: to book your place.

Hope to see you there.


Saturday, 16 April 2022

Vege Grass ID, Sat. 23rd April

We are kicking off the first field meeting of 2022 with a training meeting on vegetative grass identification.

Saturday 23rd April. Loam Hole Dingle and Ropewalk Meadow, Coalbrookdale (SJ 6674 0476). 

Meeting in the car park of The Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Coach Rd, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DQ at 10:30am. Parking is £5 for the day although there is limited free parking locally.

Focus will be on Hilary Wallace’s FSC AIDGAP VegetativeGrass Identification handbook. We’ll look at a range of grass species and use vegetative characters to identify them. There will be lots of stops along the way, although there is a strenuous climb up a set of steps before lunch in a wonderful series of meadows managed by the Severn Gorge Countryside Trust. Contact: John Handley, 07507 054695,

Holcus lanatus, Yorkshire Fog, and Holcus mollis, Creeping Soft-grass, photo John Handley

The event is free, all are welcome to join us, you don't have to be a member, just message us at: to book your place.

Hope to see you there.



Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Arctic Alpines and the AGM, Sat. 9th April

The spring meeting is fast approaching this weekend and we are going ahead with an in person event:

2-4pm, Sat. 9th April, at FSC Preston Montford, SY4 1DX:  

An illustrated talk by John Martin on “Arctic Alpine Plants in Britain”, plus a smidgeon of AGM business and lashings of tea and cake.

It will certainly be great to meet up but we realise that Covid transmission rates are high. We will be in the Caradoc room so there will be plenty of space and ventilation. If you are happy to, we'll wear masks indoors, we might even have tea outside if the weather is kind, and FSC prefer testing beforehand if you can get hold of any test kits (hens teeth and all that). 

That said we are looking forward to relaxing with some mini Salix or a cushion of Saxifrages as John gives us a Cook's Tour of some nice Arctic-Alpine sites and plants.  

Salix reticulata, Net-leaved Willow, photo Mags Cousins

The event is free, including the refreshments provided by volunteer bakers.  All are welcome to join us, you don't have to be a member, just message us at: to book your seat.

Hope to see you there. 

Friday, 11 March 2022

Spring newsletter 2022 - hot off the press

We are pleased to say that the Shropshire Botanical Society Newsletter Spring 2022 Issue No. 44 is out NOW featuring Broomrapes in Shropshire by John Handley:

Orobanche rapum-genistae Greater Broomrape, photo V. Munro

The Nationally Scarce Orobanche rapum-genistae Greater Broomrape is bit of a Shropshire speciality and the fine specimens above were spotted by Mags Cousins on a rough, grassy bank near Church Stretton which is sporadically grazed by a few sheep in the summer.  The host plant Cytisus scoparius Broom thrives on this slope as the breed of sheep don't browse the Broom, nor it seems the Greater Broomrape.

The pdf of the newsletter will be landing in members' inboxes this weekend, so if you are a member and have not received it by Monday 14th March, check your spam/junk (oh the indignity!) and if you still can't find it please get in touch with Martin Godfrey (Membership Officer):

The newsletters are all available via the Newsletters page of this website but non-members have to work a bit harder to access them via Dropbox or read online.

Tuesday, 4 January 2022

"Broomrapes of the British Isles", a Zoom talk by Dr Fred Rumsey, Sat. 15th Jan, 2pm

Happy New Year 2022!  Hopefully you all had a happy, healthy and restful festive break.  We are very much looking forward to the winter meeting which will be a Zoom talk by Dr Fred Rumsey.  Members will already have received the Zoom link:

Title: "Broomrapes in the British Isles" a talk by Dr Fred Rumsey

Time: Saturday, Jan 15th, 2022 at 2pm (please join the Zoom meeting a few mins early)

Fred was until recently Senior Curator in charge of the British, Fern and Historic herbaria at the Natural History Museum in London, where he worked for 26 years as their British plant specialist.  He is a past President of the British Pteridological Society and Vice-President of the BSBI.  He has co-authored and illustrated several BSBI handbooks, most recently one on Broomrapes. 

The Broomrapes of Britain and Ireland, BSBI Handbook No 22 co-authored with Chris Thorogood, who provided the beautiful illustrations: 

Fred's depth of knowledge of botany is awe inspiring and we can't wait to hear more about his recent work on Broomrapes, an unusual group of parasitic plants. 

Non members are welcome to join us, but please email: to register and receive a link and joining instructions.

See you soon.

Thursday, 23 December 2021

Winter scenes in Shropshire


Winter solstice has just passed, so the days are already a few seconds longer.  Shropshire Botanical Society would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy winter holiday.  We leave you with a few wintry scenes from Shropshire from years gone by:

Townbrook Hollow, Long Mynd Feb 2021, home of Hymenophyllum wilsonii Wilson's Filmy Fern

Juncus effusus Soft Rush on the Long Mynd, 2018

Caer Caradoc, Shropshire Hills, 2017

Centaurea nigra Black Knapweed, Shropshire Hills, 2017

Shropshire Hills, 2014