Plants are essential to everyone's lives. Welcome to Plantlife.

I think I may have a rare plant growing in my local area - what should I do?

First, get a botanist to check the identification for you. Many people think they have rare orchids that turn out to be common orchids (common spotted-orchid, bee orchid, pyramidal orchid are common across most of Britain), or even other plants entirely such as vetches or snapdragons. Ask your County Wildlife Trust, or other local wildlife group, for someone who knows about plants to come and have a look. They will know who to tell if it really is special! Of course we want to cherish and enjoy all our wild flowers, but some need more looking after than others.

If you are already really sure you have the correct identification yourself, then tell the Vice-county Recorder, whose name and address you can find via the Botanical Society here. He/she will need to know the name, how many plants, description of location as precise as possible (preferably with a grid ref of at least 6 figures), and the date you found it/them, and your name and address as finder. You should get a reply if you send a stamped, self-addressed postcard, so you will know if your find is new, or already known, or other information.