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North East Botany

Notes and observations on botany in the North East. From urban weeds to elusive orchids, we’ll explore it all.

Botany in the Nort East

By now, you’ll no doubt know that I am slightly obsessed with our wild plants.

As a BSBI Vice-County Recorder and as someone who loves nothing more than spending time among flowers, much of my spare time is dedicated to botany.

Whether we’re talking urban weeds or elusive orchids, this page brings together my observations on flora in the North East. While I am far from an expert, I hope you’ll find something here to interest you.

Latest botany blogs

Plant of the week: Italian Toadflax

Entry number four in our Plant of the Week series follows the unexpected discovery of Italian Toadflax growing in my local cemetery.

Plant of the week: Forked Catchfly

For the third entry in our ‘Plant of the Week’ series we take a look at Forked Catchfly, a rare arable weed from Eastern Europe

Plant of the Week

Britain is home to some 2,490 plant species. Some native, others introduced from far flung corners of the world. With so many out there, there’s an awful to be discovered.

Going forward, I’ll be taking a closer look at one wild plant that has caught my eye this week.

Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis)

Comparing Plant ID Apps

With so many plant apps out there to choose from, just where do you turn when trying to identify a troublesome plant?

Recently, I took a closer look at several plant ID apps to see which came out on top.

I’m a botanist, I guess…

I’m not sure how it happened, but I certainly never planned to head down the botanical rabbit hole.

I have always loved plants, sure, though much of my wildlife recording focused on birds and insects. Fast forward a few years and I seldom look at birds, forever looking down as opposed to up.

Okay, so perhaps I am a botanist. Albeit one with lots to learn as we continue exploring botany in the North East.

Mountain Pansy (Viola lutea)
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