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Shropshire, v.c. 40


The Alders, Wollaston

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Recording in Shropshire

Recording in the county is organised by the Shropshire Ecological Data Network, a radical Local Records Centre which is dedicated to making ecological data freely available for people to use. Anyone is free to use this data for scientific or commercial purposes. Please use it responsibly - do not trespass on private land or plagiarise the information.

>> Go to the SEDN web site

Shropshire dist map1

If you would like to record in the county then you can download our recording card to make life easier. Our standard recording technique is to make lists for either 1 km squares or individual sites (as long as the site falls more-or-less into a 1 km square). Rare species, which are not listed on the recording card, need a detailed grid reference and notes on identification, etc.

>> Recording guidance

>> General recording card

>> Rare plant recording card

>> Checklist (xls)



Newsletters available here for downloading:



SinkerIconThe Ecological Flora of Shropshire, by Charles Sinker, John Packham, Ian Trueman, Philip Oswald, Franklyn Perring and Will Prestwood. 1985. (paperback edition), is available from us for 10 inc. p&p (in UK) or you can download it as a free pdf here, with the kind permission of Shropshire Wildlife Trust:

>> Ecological Flora (pdf 130 MB)

SalopRPRIconRare Plants of Shropshire, 3rd edition, by Alex Lockton & Sarah Whild, 2005, is available for 5 inc p&p (in UK). Or download it from here for free:

>> Rare Plants of Shropshire (pdf 4 MB)

Please send cheques (made out to Shropshire Botanical Society) to 9 Albert Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 2HT.

The H.S.T. Richardson files

The file cards of Rev H.S.T. Richardson, who was a vicar in Shropshire in the 1920s. His records are from numerous other counties as well as v.c. 40. The records seem fairly self-explanatory, except for the codes H and HL, which we assume stand for Hopesay and Hopesay Lane. Here is what we have scanned so far...


County Recorder

>> The county recorder is Sarah Whild

Shropshire Botanical Society

The Botanical Society organises field meetings and indoor meetings throughout the year. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in botany, and costs 15 per year or 30 for 3 years.

To join the Shropshire Botanical Society, please make cheques payable to ‘Shropshire Botanical Society’ and send them to the membership secretary, Peta Sams, 2 Amblecote, Grove Lane, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury, SY3 0HW,

Site Floras

>> Flora of Attingham. 1975. F.H. Perring

>> New Flora of Attingham Park. 2005. Sarah Whild & Alex Lockton

>> Flora of Haughmond Hill. 2006. Sarah Whild, Alex Lockton & Martin Godfrey

>> The Flora of the Stiperstones. 2009. Sarah Whild & Alex Lockton

>> A Flora of Shrewsbury. 2011. Sarah Whild, Martin Godfrey & Alex Lockton

Other publications

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Cox, J.H.S. & Aitchison, J.W. 1994. Biological survey of common land, No 24: Shropshire. Rural Surveys Research Unit, University of Wales, Aberystwyth,

Duffell, M. 2009. The distribution and native status of Aconitum napellus sl. L. in Shropshire. MSc dissertation, University of Birmingham.

Leighton, W.A. 1841. A Flora of Shropshire. John van Voorst, London, and John Davies, Shrewsbury; pdf version on Google Books.

Little, C. 2013. A florisic analysis of the Mile Meadow at Attingham Park. MSc thesis, University of Birmingham.

Lockton, A.J. & Whild, S.J. 2005. A botanical survey of Cole Mere. Whild Associates report to English Nature.

Oswald, P.H. & Herbert, A. 1965. Proceedings of a Meres and Mires Conference at Attingham Park, Shrewsbury on 6th, 7th and 8th December 1965. Unpublished report to the Nature Conservancy.

Roberts, J., Jones, V., Wood, D. & Parker, P. 1974. The Flora of Six Severn Eyots.

Rose, F. & Bellamy, D.J. 1959. Botanical report on the lakes, ‘Schwingmoore’, and raised bogs of the north-west Midlands. Report to the Nature Conservancy Council..

Tobin, R.W., Packham, J.R. & Willis, A.J. 1987. The woodlands of Telford New Town. Field Studies 6:589-616.

Caradoc & Severn Valley Field Club reports

Transactions 1947


RBF 51 (1941)

RBF 35 (1925)

RBF 50 (1940)

RBF 34 (1924)

RBF 49 (1939)

RBF 33 (1923)

RBF 47 (1937)

RBF 32 (1922)

RBF 46 (1936)

RBF 31 (1921)

RBF 45 (1935)

RBF 30 (1920)

RBF 44 (1934)

RBF 29 (1919)

RBF 43 (1933)

RBF 28 (1918)

RBF 42 (1932)

RBF 27 (1917)

RBF 41 (1931)

RBF 26 (1916)

RBF 40 (1930)

RBF 25 (1915)

RBF 39 (1929)

RBF 24 (1914)

RBF 38 (1928)

RBF 21 (1911)

RBF 37 (1927)

RBF 20 (1910)

RBF 36 (1926)

RBF 13 (1903)