Strettons Area

Botanical Surveys
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The Botanical Survey Group in the Strettons Area started in 2012 with three purposes in mind: to improve our botanical skills – whatever our starting point, to survey local sites of interest and to conduct flower walks for the general public.

The overall atmosphere of the group is very relaxed; members do not need to have lots of expertise in plant identification or habitat management. We learn from each other, from books and keys. Gradually our ID skills are improving.

Each season we agree a programme of visits, to local reserves or wildlife sites, or where landowners have requested a survey. At each visit we compile a list of species found and, if requested, write a brief report with management suggestions. A summary report of these surveys is included in the annual SACWG Report. Recent reports are linked below. We are learning to use iRecord to pass on records to the County Recorder.


Getting involved

Details of dates and times are available by email from the programme organiser; please contact Mike Carter (
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Cudwell Meadow Vegetation Survey

An informal survey of plant species in Cudwell Meadow was carried out on three occasions between May and July 2020.  The purpose of the vegetation survey was to set a baseline, to assess the current situation, to inform management decisions and to measure subsequent...

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Surveying in 2019

The group carried out surveys at seven local sites between May and August 2019.  Nearly botanical 500 species were identified, including 62 interesting indicator species, or axiophytes.  You can view and download the 2019 Botanical Surveys report in PDF...

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Surveying in 2015

In 2015, surveying was concentrated in and around the Hope Bowdler, Caer Caradoc and Cardington Hill areas with some memorable sights such as the extraordinary bluebell displays at Helmeth Wood and the beautiful round leaved-sundews at Hope Bowdler Hill. Group...

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