Useful Botanical Sites

Botanical Society of the British Isles
Tracing its origins back to 1836 the society includes professional and amateur members and is the largest
	botanical organisation in the UK.

National Biodiversity Network
View distribution maps and download UK wildlife data.

Find Wild Flowers
A good site for identifying a plant.  Enter a plant's characteristics and do a search.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Includes a good search facility

The Natural History Museum
Find a list of plants for a particular postcode

The Wild Flower Society
A national society originally created to help young amateur botanists. Walks are organised to teach members to recognise plants and are now enjoyed by young and old.

Plants For A Future 
Where to find the edible, Medicinal and other uses for a plant.

Arable Plants - a field guide
Fully interactive, searchable version of the book published jointly by English Nature & WildGuides

Flora Locale 
Flora Locale promotes the wise use of native flora; encouraging good practice to those involved in the supply of native plants and seeds, and to professional land managers restoring wildplants to the countryside

The Seed Site 
Harvesting, sowing, germination, seedling images, plant index. Sections on wildflowers and butterflies.

Boston Seeds 
Boston Seeds sell native wildflower seeds, plants and bulbs

Plantlife International 
Plantlife International is a charity dedicated exclusively to conserving all forms of plantlife in the UK, Europe and across the world in their natural habitats.

Wild Flower Photography Sites

Rubusology - Photographic Guide to Brambles
An excellent site, created by Keith Spurgin, for all things brambles! 

Wildflowers, Weeds, Trees and Shrubs of Devon and Cornwall
An excellent site by David Fenwick which already includes most of the flora of the area and is rapidly expanding.
Floral Images 
Another excellent photographic site covering Somerset and South West Ireland. John Crellin started with garden flowers but has increasingly devoted the site to wild flowers and wild form species grown in garden conditions. 
Wild Plants of the British Isles
Photographs have been taken on the British mainland and on the Islands around Great Britain including the Republic of Ireland. Comments against each photograph provide useful tips on how to recognise the plant together with general information about the plant. The site contains an interesting article on the benefits of English plant names compared with their Latin names.

Wildflowers of Ireland
This website is a personal record of the Wildflowers of Ireland which gives scientific descriptions, photographs and folklore of wild plants together with literary, herbal and medicinal references.  It has been compiled by ZoŽ Devlin and includes a comprehensive glossary of relevant terms together with a helpful 'In Flower Now' listing.

Wild Flower Finder
"As well as a structured index and listings by colour, petals, stem shape, habitat, flowering month, habitat and odour it has a very powerful and highly specific search function too. With information on dyes, poisons, pharmaceuticals and any other chemicals produced by the plant, including chemical structural formulae."

Isle of Skye Flora
A comprehensive coverage of Skye's flora with good text against each picture.

Irish Wildflowers 
A photo-reference guide to Irish wildflowers with index of wildflowers listed in English, Latin and Gaeilge. The site includes identifying by colour and month and a section on wildflowers associated with different habitats 
in Ireland.
BioImages - Virtual Field Guide (UK) A very useful site with a good search facility and pictures often covering a flower's minute features. Flore en ligne (Floras on Line) French language website Plant photographic websites across the world

Other Sites of Interest

The Knutsford Ornithological Society
One of the first WEB sites for birdwatchers in the UK. Always full of interest and containing an excellent collection of sound recordings.

The Liverpool Botanical Society 
A voluntary organisation whose objective is to study and record the flora of the Merseyside and Sefton Coast areas 

 rECOrd is the Local Biological Records Centre serving Cheshire, Halton, Warrington and Wirral. 

Merseyside Naturalists' Association 
 The MNA arranges indoor and outdoor meetings on wildlife in the North West of England and North Wales area. The MNA caters for a wide variety of natural history interests. We have an extensive programme of field meetings by private transport and also by coach. There are four pick-up points for coach trips - two in Liverpool and two in Wirral.  

Fungalpunk Nature
- an informative choice dish of the natural world with a seasoning of punk rock for flavour

Northern Ontario Flora 
This site ia aimed at teaching students and foresters more about the local Ontario flora and more about world flora. 

Stockport Telescope and Binocular Centre 
 Based at Stockport, Greater Manchester, and established for over 20 years, this is a good place to buy optical equipment including binoculars, telescopes and microscopes. They have their own in house repair and service department catering for all types of equipment and warranty repairs. Tel 0161 4298002 

An English Country Garden 
 A catalogue of Birds, Animals, Flowers and Trees found in an English Country Garden. 

The English Hedgerow Trust 
 We aim to provide as much information as possible for any non-professionals involved with planting, maintaining and protecting hedgerows. 

Cheshire Wildlife Trust 
 The county wildlife trust covering Cheshire, The Wirral, Trafford, Tameside and Stockport

Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts 
 The co-ordinating body for the County Wildlife Trusts 

The Manchester Field Club 
 A voluntary organisation whose objective is to study and record the flora and fauna of the Greater Manchester area 

Anglesey - Weather, Wildlife, History, Places of interest 
 A superb site by Donald Perkins who lives in Llansadwm, Anglesey. The section covering the ecology of Anglesey is full of interest.