A site for botanists in Hampshire

Welcome to this site, which provides a forum for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) in Hampshire, and acts as the web site for the Hampshire Rare Plant Register project. Much of the activity detailed here is also organised by, or in collaboration with, the Hampshire Flora Group which is run and financially supported by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

New material becomes available here quite often, so check back in the near future. To see what's new on the site and to hear about what's going on, go to the News page.

BSBI Recorders in Hampshire

To contact us by email:

South Hampshire - Martin Rand
North Hampshire - Tony Mundell

Ajuga chamaepitys

Ground Pine Ajuga chamaepitys is an odd member of the Dead-nettle family (Lamiaceae). Not only do its leaves look like miniature pine needles, it even has a resinous scent. Never likely to have been common in the county, it is now one of our rarest arable plants, with only one site recorded in the last fifteen years and fewer than a hundred plants even in a good year. It shares in a general huge decline in the variety and abundance of arable plants. Unfortunately recent grant aid for wildlife conservation on farmland, though it has reintroduced a limited range of arable species (sometimes into places where they never would have been in the first place) has done little to maintain those that were already there. In some initiatives, such as the planting of grassy margins, it has actually made things worse.