Studies and records plants growing naturally within the county


Mistletoe Viscum album

Mistletoe is more common in Herefordshire than many other parts of the UK.

Founded in 1951, the Herefordshire Botanical Society aims to help the conservation of plants and their habitats and to organise any activities which promote these aims.

A full programme of free meetings is arranged for members. Anyone considering membership is welcome to attend without obligation. The society has always had close links with botanists in Radnorshire and is keen to continue this tradition. A Radnorshire excursion is arranged every summer.

Winter Meetings are are a mix of outdoor meetings, and indoor meetings. The latter feature talks by invited speakers and membership participation. More experienced botanists are always willing to assist with identifications or general botanical information.

Summer Field Meetings are led by experienced botanists in and beyond the county. Beginners or expert botanists are equally welcome. By seeking to organise field meetings at reserves and private estates the Society endeavours to promote co-operation with a wide range of conservation interests.

Out and about with the HBS: a surprise find early in the year. Down amongst the sedges on Byton Moor. Taking advantage of a dry spot. Where will it be next time? Where to tread next?

Mike Port, son of our late member Cicely Port, would like to share Cicely’s paintings.

See the Publications List for recent and pending Society publications and current availability. Supplements to Herefordshire Floras are available online.

Newsletters 16, 17, and 18 are now online. Plant lists for Wallbrook Wood, Burfa Bog, Little Garway Farm and a fungus list for Merrivale Wood associated with Newsletter 18 are also available.

Please contact Society Officers to find out more, or just come along to any meeting.

The Hon. Treasurer, Heather Colls, will be pleased to receive subscriptions (£7 single, £9 household) from new members.

The Herefordshire Rare Plants Register is being compiled of wild plants of Herefordshire which are uncommon or threatened, like Epipactis purpurata.

The Border Bryologists organise field meetings monthly in autumn and spring, as well as indoor microscope sessions.

Related organisations:
Herefordshire Nature Trust Herefordshire Ornithological Club Shropshire Botanical Society
Teme Valley Wildlife Group Monmouthshire Meadows
Botanical Society of the British Isles Plant Life
British Bryological Society British Mycological Society British Lichen Society