This site is about wild flowers you can find in woodlands. The photographs of the flowers were all taken by me and a lot of them were taken in the Wye valley area in Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.
To look up a specific plant and see what I have written along with some photos go either to the Species list and click on the flower’s name or go to the Quick identification page where you will find a photograph of each species and then again you can click on its name to link to the specific page about that plant.
The text for each wildflower consists of my own thoughts. I write from personal experience and only then may I have a look through other material from books and the internet, and possibly add some extra snippets of potentially interesting information. I think that too many times authors just regurgitate what other people have written and this makes for a boring narrative and can perpetuate myths that are not true.
I lived in the Essex countryside as a child (except for one fairly traumatic period of two years in the East End of London). I then studied Botany and Biochemistry at London University, though I don’t ever recall studying an actual flowering plant. It was mostly blue green algae and sub-cellular stuff. A period of teaching in schools and colleges was then followed by 30 years in Norfolk setting up and running a Field Study Center catering mainly for ‘A’ level Biologists.
During this period I not only taught ecology but I also learnt a lot about all wildlife including wild flowers partly by personal observation but also by talking to all sorts of country people such as gamekeepers and landowners, nature reserve wardens and just local experts. They all helped me to build up a bank of information which I am now using to illustrate the texts I am writing here.
There is also a section called Background Information which looks at various topics related to woodlands and their wild flowers. Do have a look at it as there may well be some stuff there which you will find interesting, such as, for example ‘How to age a tree’ or the significance of ‘Pollen analysis’ in understanding early woodland history. A lot of this comes from what I used to teach the students at the Field Study Center.
If you wish to contact me with any of your own observations and possible improvements, then that would be most welcome and may well get added to the text.