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Northamptonshire, v.c. 32


Field Meetings

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, I can make sure everyone is aware and has arrived before we move off.

Preston Capes area. Sunday 20 April 2014

Meet at Everdon Stubbs Car Park, off the side road through the wood, SP603566, at 11.00

Everdon Stubbs is a Woodland Trust reserve renowned for its display of Blubells, daffodils and Moschatel. Should time permit we will visit other places of interest in the area.  A leaflet about Everdon Stubbs may be viewed on the Woodland Trust web site.

Leader Brian Laney   Bring a packed lunch.

Swaddywell Pit Nature Reserve. Sunday 15 June 2014

Meet at Swaddywell Pit Car Park off the Ufford to Marholm Road at TF115031 at 11.00

Swaddywell pit is a former quarry, now a nature reserve maintained by the Langdyke Countryside Trust.  This was the area of John Clare’s Swordy Well and described by Charles Rothschild as one of the country’s most important nature conservation sites, it was leased to the National Trust from 1915-1924, but was sold and quarrying resumed in 1924, after the death of Charles Rothschild the previous year.  After many vicissitudes it has been restored as a nature reserve with a wide variety of plant species including the only site in the county for Saw-sedge. A leaflet about Swaddywell Pit can be downloaded from the Langdale Trust website.

Leader: Brian Laney  Bring a packed lunch.

Salcey Forest, Sunday 13 July 2014

Meet in the Salcey Forest Car park SP794517 at 11.00


Salcey Forest is an area of ancient woodland with ancient trees and a diverse flora where the Forestry Commission is removing planted conifers to the benefit of the native wildlife.  Biodiversity at ground level is being encouraged by the thinning of the broad-leaved trees.  There is also an easy access tree top way which gives access to the tree canopy. Information about Salcey Forest can be found on the Forestry Commission website.

Leader Rob Wilson   Bring a packed lunch

Swan Valley, Northampton, Sunday 10 August 2014

Provisional meeting place Cob Drive,  Swan Valley, Northampton NN4 9BB, SP702583 at 11.00

These are fairly new roads so may not be on some maps, please ring Rob Wilson for further information.  The postcode is for the Morrisons warehouse entrance at the far end of Cob Drive.

This is a new industrial estate so it is important to check meeting arrangements just before the meeting as development at this site is ongoing.  This area also gives access to lakes, the Grand Union Canal and River Nene  tributaries, so a chance to record a wide variety of habitats which could produce some unexpected finds.

Leader Rob Wilson   Bring a packed lunch.

For more information please contact Rob Wilson (01536 711144)


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

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

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 the best way to get it from a Dropbox folder. Otherwise please email us for an invitation to join the DB folder.

>> Here is the public link


An updated checklist including all known native species plus archaeophytes, neophytes, casuals, garden escapes and throw-outs is now available here.

>> Download the checklist

Axiophyte list

A provisional axiophyte list will shortly be available on this web site.  This is subject to checking and revision and any comments would be appreciated.




Pulsatilla vulgaris
Odontites jaubertianus


Pasqueflower: Barnack Hills and Holes, near Stamford, is the site of a mediaeval limestone quarry where species-rich grassland has developed over the old diggings.  One of its glories is the display of pasqueflowers Pulsatilla vulgaris in the spring.

Odontites jaubertianus: first recorded in the vice-county in 2005, a few dozen plants of French bartsia Odontites jaubertianus grow on thin soil over former hard-standings at the former World War Two airfield at Spanhoe.