Category Archives: Botany

Wisley Fern Show

Wisley fern show was held at The Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley, county Surrey on 3rd and 4th August 2019. The garden was founded in 1878 by George Ferguson Wilson, a RHS member. Now it covers 240 acres of area and there are many formal and informal gardens. I came here as a volunteer […]

Fen Nettle

                          Urtica dioica var galeopsifolia  Fen Nettle This plant was discovered by Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists’ Field Club at Hayberries Nature Reserve on 2nd September 2018. It was a regular walk by the Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists’ Field Club on Sunday 2nd September 2018 at Hayberries, co Durham.  This plant was growing with other nettles but […]

New Year Plant Hunt

BOTANY RECORDS OF NEW YEAR PLANT HUNT. DATE=29TH  DECEMBER 2018 TO 1ST JANUARY 2019. LOCATIONS=Drinkfield Marsh, Clowbeck, Hollyhurst road, Low Coniscliffe, Spoilbank wood, Morrison Morton park to Brick train, Lanchester area, South park, Blackwell circular, Low Force,,Weardale, Broken scar to Blackwell, High Force,Richmond to Skeeby, Dene Darlington. Station road,Victoria Embankment,Victoria road,, Surtees street, Town hall,Darlington,.A1 Motorway,Elvet […]


NEW YEAR PLANT HUNT 2018  *Pick one day between 30th December and 2nd January 2018.  * Record wild and naturalised plants in FLOWER. (No garden      plants.) *  For tree=open catkin, for grasses=open florets, stigma, anthers on show. *  Write down the name of the place you are recording. *  Record maximum 3 hours […]

B.S.B.I. Annual General Meeting

                               BSBI EXHIBITION. On 28th of November 2015 the Annual General Meeting of Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland was held at the Natural History Museum, London. As part of the event there was an exhibition invited from the members. I, on behalf of the Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists’ Field Club, attended the meeting in which […]

Winter Heliotrope (Petasites Fragrans)

Winter Heliotrope (Petasites Fragrans) Flowering in the Dean in Darlington at the junction of Hollyhurst Road and Willow Road, this plant is not found very much further north than Darlington, introduced from North Africa, has spread throughout Europe and forms large patches of heart or kidney shaped leaves. It is dioecious but only the male […]