Wildflowers is a popular name rather than a taxonomic group. Nevertheless there are many excellent field guides and a lot of recording activity. As we are surrounded by 'wildflowers' it is useful to get to know the common species as some of these are likely to be encountered every time you leave the house.

Leicestershire and Rutland Resources

See our Recording Trees, Wildflowers & Grasses page for useful guidance on what to record.

Useful Websites and Publications


British Wild Flowers - an enthusiast's photo site. Comprehensive photo library but only one species at a time.

Plant ID Keys - useful for beginners.

BSBI Plant Identification - lots of resources for helping you to identify that plant!


New Flora of the British Isles (Clive Stace) - the 'bible' for serious botanists but not a useful starter guide!

The Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland: A New Guide to Our Wild Flowers (Tandem) - a classic illustrated field guide.

The Vegetative Key to the British Flora - Poland, J. & Clement, E. This book has revolutionised plant ID since 2009 and doubles the length of the recording season. Beginner-friendly, as you very quickly get the ID or it's obvious how you've gone wrong. 

Sedges of the British Isles (BSBI Handbooks) - an essential guide and by far the BSBI's biggest seller, and deservedly so.

If you know of other websites or books that you would recommend, do let us know: info@naturespot.co.uk

Recording Schemes

As with all records, any submissions you make to NatureSpot will be automatically forwarded to both local and national recording schemes.

Visit our County Recorders page to find out who is the CR in VC55 (Leicestershire and Rutland).