Speaking up for the nation’s wild plants. Welcome to Plantlife.
Welcome to Plantlife Cymru
Plantlife has been working out of its national office in Wales for over ten years.
Based at Bangor, the team is led by Dr Trevor Dines, with support from Ray Woods, one of the country’s leading lichen and fungi experts, and Cath Shellswell who specialises in farmland flora.
We are concentrating on three priority habitats; heathland, woodland and farmland, conserving threatened species such as chamomile, three-lobed water crowfeet (which reaches the northern edge of its UK range in Wales), white and pink bastard balm, threatened orchids such as, swordleaved helleborine and lesser butterfly orchid, and lower plants and fungi such as golden hair lichen, big blue pinkgill, and colchicum smut.
There are two Plantlife reserves in Wales; Caeu Tan y Bwlch, an extremely rare upland hay meadow, and Cae Blaen-Dyffryn, a lowland meadow just outside Lampeter which has the largest population of lesser butterfly orchid in the country. Wales is also home to 23 Important Plant Areas, ranging from ancient mine workings rich in rare metal-tolerant lichens, to the ranging landscape of Snowdonia with its threatened upland flora to Skomer Island, rich in marine seaweeds.