The vice county of Monmouthshire is botanically diverse with a wide range of habitats from the nationally important semi-natural ancient woodlands in the east to the moorland and mires of the South Wales coalfield in the west and the saltmarshes of the Gwent Levels to the south.
The agricultural heartland of the county is home to several nationally threatened arable plants such as Corn Spurrey (Spergula arvensis) Stinking Chamomile (Anthemis cotula) and Sharp-leaved Fluellen (Kickxia elatine).
The county also has a significant population of Wild Daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) in Wales as well as rarities such as Tintern Spurge (Euphorbia serrulata) and Fingered Sedge (Carex digitata).
The Flora of Monmouthshire (2007) by Trevor Evans has detailed accounts of all the species to be found in the county and is available by post from Trevor Evans or Steph Tyler.
Field meetings 2020
This programme is provisional as some venues may be changed. Days start at 10 a.m. continuing until about 3-4 p.m. All days are for helping to improve ID skills and recording.
Sat April 18th – Clytha, Usk
Sat May 16th – Silent valley reserve
Wed June 17th – Blaentrothy meadows
Wed July 1st - Magor marsh (Part of the ‘Living Levels project’)
Sat July 18th – Hendre Woods
Sat Aug 15th – Cwm Carn
Wed 9th September – St Brides (Part of the ‘Living Levels project’)
There may be additional dates added that include a survey in Wentwood for the Woodland trust and other venues that the botany group will be invited to participate in –dates to be announced later.
Please let us know if you would like to be added to our mailing list. Booking is essential and then we can let you know the exact meeting point and any further information.
The first Rare Plant Register for Monmouthshire was published in 2007 by Trevor Evans.
*NEW* You can now download a pdf of the updated 2019 Rare Plant Register which includes records for 2018. Please send any additions, updates and corrections to the county recorders (above) and they will be included in the next edition.
The Monmouthshire Botany Group was established in 2013. It already has more than 30 participants with between 10-20 attending field meetings. The group provides an opportunity for both beginners and those with some botanical knowledge to improve their field ID skills.
All are welcome to join the group and meet fellow and aspiring botanists.
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