A new programme will be posted when the Covid situation permits

Keep watching our website and Facebook page for further developments.

Meanwhile I'm sure we will all continue to enjoy and respect the wildlife on our doorsteps.

Keep well and safe.

Llanelli Naturalists
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Written by Mark Newton   

The next meeting of the Llanelli Naturalists will be held by Zoom on Monday 8th March 2021 at 7.30 p.m.  The advertised meeting on butterflies has been postponed until 2022 and will be replaced by a talk that should have taken place last year which will be given by Richard Pryce entitled

“40+ years recording the Carmarthenshire Flora”

This is a talk that is based upon one given by Richard at the BSBI Welsh AGM held at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, in May 2019 but has been updated to include additions made in the past couple of years.
You will need to click on the following link (or paste it in your browser) then click on "Launch Meeting":
Topic: Naturalists, Time: Mar 8, 2021 07:30 PM London.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 930 6170 0312
Passcode: 127265
(It may say that the meeting is hosted by Keith Evans-Hurley).
You can either download the free Zoom app. in advance (go to, or if this is your first Zoom meeting it will automatically prompt you to install when you click on the link, but allow a few extra minutes for this before the meeting starts.  You don't need a camera or microphone unless you want to be seen or heard!
If you would like more information about Zoom meetings, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube, such as:  or


2021 subscriptions are now due.  Unfortunately, payment has been received from only about a third of the members so far.  The 2021 Newsletter is on track for distribution in the spring, and will be sent to paid-up members when printed. 
Subscription rates remain the same as last year, at £8.50 (ordinary),  £6.50 (concessions, e.g. over 60s), or £10.00 for families/couples.   
Please email the Treasurer at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to arrange to pay your subscription if you have not already done so.
I hope you will carry on supporting Llanelli Naturalists so that we can continue to pursue the society's objectives: to promote and advance the study of the countryside, including all aspects of nature, to encourage and actively support the protection of wildlife and the preservation of natural beauty.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2021 09:05
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Written by Richard Pryce   

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The Llanelli Naturalists was formed in 1973 to promote and advance the study of the countryside, including all aspects of nature, to encourage and actively support the protection of wildlife and the preservation of natural beauty.  The Society also has a remit to establish, own and maintain conservation areas, sanctuaries and nature reserves and owns a part of Ffrwd Fen at Pembrey.

It also exists to facilitate the exchange of information among members by, amongst other things, the organisation of field meetings, lectures, film shows, and exhibitions and to publish the results of the work of members. These events are an excellent opportunity to meet other naturalists of all abilities and to visit places of wildlife interest.  There is also an informal educational element to all meetings which enables those with an interest in wildlife but with less experience, to learn from the knowledge of other members. 

The Society periodically publishes a Newsletter which includes a record of society business and field meetings as well as articles and shorter notes of topical interest.  It also publishes the Bulletin which includes longer articles and reports of local wildlife research, and other papers of more scientific interest. To see current and past publications click on the articles link on the right.

New members are always welcome. Membership is available to anyone with an interest in the wildlife of Carmarthenshire, in particular, the Llanelli area, but you don’t have to live in Carmarthenshire to be a member.

Annual membership subscriptions are as follows: 

  • Ordinary (single) £8.50
  • Family £10.00
  • Concessions £6.50
  • Institutional £12.00

 For membership enquiries please contact the Treasurer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated on Saturday, 09 December 2017 14:48
Written by Richard Pryce   

Plant-lore Archive: towards a folk flora

The Plant-lore Archive project led by Roy Vickery, botanist at the Natural History Museum, London (now retired), has developed from a survey of ‘unlucky’ plants, conducted by the Folklore Society in the early 1980s.  It contains almost 6,600 items from approximately 1620 contributors, press cuttings, photographs and off-prints.  An early contributor, in 1983, was Annie Mary Pell, and information has been collected while attending Kath and Richard Pryce’s annual botanical recording week at Glynhir.

Material in the Archive was used in its compiler’s Dictionary of Plant-lore (1995) and, following the appeal for your and others' recollections on plant folklore, culminated in the publication of Vickary's Folk Flora in April 2019.  While the Dictionary attempted to provide a broad survey of the folklore and traditional uses of wild and cultivated plants throughout the British Isles, the Flora provides information of where and when various beliefs, local plant-names  and practices were, or are, known.  It also provides information on the distribution of British and Irish plant-lore throughout the rest of the world.  As with the Dictionary, the Flora places emphasis on what people remember, do and know today. This means that all records, even if they are of things which ‘everyone knows’, are important.

When people are asked if they know any folk remedies they tend to instantly reply no.  They go to pharmacists, and don’t resort to superstition and witchcraft.  But if you ask ‘What do you do if you get stung by a nettle?’  They invariably reply ‘Look for a dock leaf, of course’.  It’s assumed that such a widespread belief is unworthy of record, but there are different rhymes and rituals associated with the dock leaf cure in different parts of the British Isles.  Even more interestingly, one would expect such a widespread and well known cure to be also known throughout the rest of Europe, but it is not.  It appears that people in most of Europe either know of no treatment for nettle stings, or treat them with urine, cow dung, or more rarely a variety of herbs, including spotted deadnettle (Lamium maculatum).  A brief description of the Flora can be viewed on, for example, the Summerfield Books website at

Further information about the Archive and the Flora can be found on the website,, and need-less-to say further memories and records would be greatly appreciated, please send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Roy Vickery, 9 Terrapin Court, Terrapin Road, London, SW17 8QW.


Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2020 11:42