Wanbourough Parish Wild Flowers and Grasses

Wanborough Parish has a diverse landscape made up of Marsh land in the north and open chalky plains to the south, all interconnected with networks of fields used for growing crops or grazing. This diversity has led to the growth of many flowering plants in our verges.

We are very lucky to have a number of special places in the Parish where rare and unusual plants grow. Being on the edge of the North Wessex ANOB means that we have an environment that is protected from change. This is ideal for our flowering plants, that like undisturbed soil to thrive. Our protected places for specific rare species include;
These two special locations are not the only places to see our native wild flowers. Both are located on Wanborough Plain and have chalky soil so are the natural home for open grassland chalky species. Look further north in Warneage Wood, around the streams and ponds in the Marsh and along the woody footpaths that weave along the spring line, you will find a completely different set of plants that love boggy wet land and clay soils. Check out around the edges of all our green spaces and along our footpath network too, you may come across a few rare ones.

Different wild flowers produce their blossom at different times throughout the year. This means that each month, whilst out walking, you will spot something new. They are tricky too as the blossom may look similar on two different plants but the leaves will be different. Keep your eyes open as you may find something unusual and special. Please remember that many of our wild flowers need to produce seed in order to propagate new plants. Never pick wild flowers, take a photograph instead, your record will be with you and stay beautiful forever. Always follow the Countryside code and in particular take your rubbish home with you.

Database of flowers found in Wanborough Parish
Below is a database of flowers and grasses found growing in the parish hedgerows, public spaces and planted woodlands. It does not include non-native species planted in gardens or plants that have spread from nearby cultivated gardens. To help you search we have listed our plants according to the colour of their flowers. If you spot a wildflower or flowering plant that has not been included, and feel that it should be, please send photographs of the whole plant, leaves, flowers, if possible, the seed heads, and let us know where you found it. This information will help us to identify the plant for you and add it to our database.

Database of flowers sorted by flower colour