BSBI long colour


Northamptonshire, v.c. 32


Odontites jaubertianus

Northamptonshire Flora Group

The Northamptonshire Flora Group was first formed to facilitate the publication of a new vice-county flora, which was published in 1995.  Since then a small group of botanists have worked together to record for the Millenium Atlas, the local change project and a much expanded and completely updated flora which was published last year.  We are currently recording for the New Atlas with the intention of covering the whole of the vice-county between 2011 and 2020.  You are welcome to join us on any of our outings (detailed below), please contact Rob Wilson to find out more details.

In addition to the Northamptonshire Flora Group, which covers the whole of the vice-county, there is also the the East Northants and Soke of Peterborough Group which covers the north-east of the vice-county.  Meanwhile if anyone requires further information, or wishes to be added to the poll for outings, please contact Alyson Freeman at



Field Meetings 2015

If you are coming to any of the meetings could you please let Rob Wilson know prior to the meeting so that if there are any changes to the venue or meeting point, or if the meeting has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, I can make sure everyone is aware and has arrived before we move off.


Proposed Date Sunday 26 July 2015

Meet at the car park (TF 13977 07846) on the West side of Etton to Maxey Road, between Maxey Cut river and Maxey High Street. There is also plenty of parking along the road verge a11.00.   Access is by permit only and there is the possibility of a date or time change - so please let me know in plenty of time if you are intending to come and I will let you know of any alterations alternatively  contact Alyson Freeman ( for confirmation of details.

Until recently Maxey Pits was an operational quarry, but it is now being redeveloped by the Langdyke Trust as a nature reserve with pools reed beds and sheep-grazed meadows.  so this will be an opportunity to see new habitat developing and also to record for emerging flora for the new Atlas. 

Leader: Rob Wilson  Bring a packed lunch.


Sunday 16 August 2015

Meet at the Draughton Crossing car park (free parking - SP755773) at 11.00

The Brampton Valley way is part of the old Northampton to Market Harborough branch line, now a track for walkers and cyclists.

There is a varied and interesting flora on the side of the old line which encompasses a wide variety of habitats including cuttings, woodland, tunnel entrances, and marsh areas.  The hope is that we can split into two groups and record in both directions from the car park.

After lunch the intention is to move to the car park on the Arthingworth road at the northern end of the old tunnel where again we can split into two groups to record north and south along the line.

Leader: Rob Wilson  Bring a packed lunch.


County Recorder

Rob Wilson, 23 Cecil Street, Rothwell, NN14 6EZ


>> Checklist of the Flora of v.c. 32, listing all species recorded, historically and currently.

>> Wild Thyme 2014

Rare Plant Register

A new Rare Plant Register has just been completed and is available here. This new publication now includes dot maps that cover all the known records for each species, showing in some cases the extreme contaction of the range within the vice-county over the past 150 years.

The file is huge: a pdf of 50MB, so it might take some time to download it all.  Left-click to open it, right-click to download:

>> Northamptonshire Rare Plant Register