Yorkshire's botanical heritage

Yorkshire is the largest county in Britain. It is also on the southern boundary of the upland Atlantic flora which require cool wet conditions and on the northern edge of the more drought tolerant plants which need a warmer European climate as found in southern Britain.

Within its boundaries are three national parks, containing some of the finest unspoiled upland areas in the country where many unusual plants and habitats are found. In the lowlands of the east, large areas of fine agricultural land are interspersed with floodplains with raised bogs and areas of lowland heath. To the west is a belt of magnesian limestone running from County Durham to Nottingham and adjacent to it are the more acidic coal measures. Salt-tolerant plants grow in the coastal fringe and urban areas and “brownfield” sites increase the range of habitats.

Special meetings are held in the summer months, one in each vice-county. Members carry out surveys, have plant identification sessions and study the distribution of species within the county. Attending these meetings gives people the opportunity to see unusual species and beginners can learn how to identify them. The meetings start at 10.30 and finish at 4pm and don't involve long walks!

Plants ~ Contacts and Recorders


Botanical records can be sent to the following vice county recorders:

VC61 South East Yorkshire: Sarah White, Yonder Cottage, Ashford Hill, Thatcham, Berks, RG19 8AX. Tel: 01635 268442. E-mail:

VC62 North East Yorkshire: Gill Smith, Brook House, Gilling East, York, YO62 4JJ. Tel: 01439 788385. E-mail:

VC63 (south): Louise Hill, e-mail:

VC63 (west):Kay McDowell, e-mail:


VC64 Mid West Yorkshire: David Broughton, e-mail:

VC65 North West Yorkshire: Linda Robinson, E-mail:

Aliens and casuals: Jesse Tregale, e-mail:

Mosses, liverworts and hornworts: Tom Blockeel, 9 Ashfurlong Close, Dore, Sheffield, S17 3NN. Tel: 0114 23


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