Welcome

This is a photographic record with a personal commentary of some of the plants seen during the annual excursions into the countryside of an amateur field botanist. At first when the site started in 2004, the focus was entirely on wild flowers growing in mainland Britain hence the domain name of the web site: ukwildflowers.com The aim was to share photographs of wild plants with anyone interested and particularly with those who no longer could make difficult trips up steep mountains or on long treks. But there seemed no good reason to exclude the photos of wonderful wild flowers found in Ireland, continental Europe or Australia so the web site has gradually expanded to accommodate these new regions. Ireland means the whole island and Australia means mostly western Australia, one of the world's botanical hot spots. Europe though is an extremely loose definition which includes the Canary Islands, Turkey and even the Russian Caucasus. There are a few fungi, some birds and quite a few butterflies also illustrated as well as scenery from wild flower trips.

Smyrnium olustatrum

Smyrnium olusatrum Alexanders

Deganwy Hill summit, 21st May 2018

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Smyrnium olusatrum Alexanders

Deganwy Hill summit, 21st May 2018

The extensive indexing of the site is intended to help those wishing to identify a plant, where it can be found or the time of flowering. All species can be found from indexes on this first page but there are special indexes for European plants alone, Australian plants alone and plants of Britain and Ireland alone. There are two all encompassing indexes, one in text only which will load quickly and one with thumbnail photos which is more useful but which will load much more slowly. In addition it is possible to move through all the European plants for example, without returning to the main indexes. See guidance in the About section.

You can find 1,578 photos of British Isles wild plants including many native rarities on the site. Wild plants includes both native species and introduced. The criterion for "wild flower" is that it hasn't been planted. Over half the British and Irish flora is introduced but the native or introduced status is indicated on each page.

Some photographs were taken at meetings organised by the Wild Flower Society. If you are beginning to take an interest in British Wild Plants then why not join? (Wild Flower Society). The Wild Flower Society is probably the oldest society in the world dedicated to the wonder of wild flowers, established as it was in 1886. You can find out out more of what we do on our Face book page.

Silybum marianum

Silybum marianum Milk Thistle

Deganwy Hill, 21st May 2018

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Silybum marianum Milk Thistle

Deganwy Hill, 21st May 2018

Use of photographs

Photographs on the site have a resolution of 72 dpi which is only suitable for web use. If you ask for permission to use a photograph the answer will invariably be yes. There are no charges but please ask and read the Contact me page for details.

Screen Resolution and Images

If your monitor delivers a low resolution e.g. 800 x 600 pixels not all the pages will work well because the plant photos are a fixed size. Thumbnail images on plant pages can be expanded if only you must have scripts enabled in your web browser.