Coastal Wildflowers Photographic Project

Posted on 15th May 2015

Crosswort at Boulby Do you walk parts of the coast between South Gare and Staithes? The Tees Valley Wildlife Trust needs your help to photograph coastal wildflowers, from the most common to the most unusual, and upload the images to their project website

The Cleveland Coast is an important wildlife corridor. The environmental significance of the many different coastal habitats from sand dunes to high cliff tops is recognised in the entire coast being designated as either local wildlife sites or sites of special scientific interest. This summer the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust is running projects, events and activities, funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, to look at a particular ecological aspect of the coast – its’ fantastic wildflowers.

The aim of the project is to get people out and about exploring the glorious coastal wildflowers of the Cleveland coast and to help build a photographic catalogue that shows their diversity and the differences in wildflowers between coastal habitats. Don’t worry if you don’t know the names of the flowers. Once you have uploaded your best picture of a particular flower a botanist will identify it and add the name to your upload. If you later click on your image on the website the name of the flower will appear.

“We are seeking people to take photographs of wildflowers throughout the summer. The flowers we are interested in are those growing in the narrow strip between the sea and the first roads or field boundaries inland. Photos can be of native species or of introduced or garden species that have gone wild. We are interested in the most common as well as the most unusual flowers. We will use the photos to increase our understanding of these floras and to prepare a new web guide to the flowers of the Cleveland Coast for residents and visitors alike” said Kate Bartram of the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust

To demonstrate the effects of different habitats on the coastal flowers the coast has been divided into six different sites. The sites are: South Gare; Coatham Dunes; Redcar Stray to Marske Cliff House; Marske Cliff house to Saltburn; Saltburn to Skinningrove and Skinningrove to Cowbar near Staithes. If you go to the website and click on the different sites, photos of the many types of wildflowers will appear. If you want to know the name of the flower click on the image for a closer look. Over the summer watch how the flowers change at individual sites as different plants come into flower and compare different sites to see the effects of different habitats.

To help people get started the Trust is offering free outdoor wildflower photographic workshop. The workshops, led by Martin Allen an experienced botanist and internationally renowned botanical illustrator, are designed to help people get the best from whatever equipment they have whether a mobile phone or amazing digital SLR. Beginners to experts, these informal and friendly workshops will have something for everyone. The dates and venues for the events are:


Thursday 21st May 6pm to 8.30pm.
Meet at Saint Germain’s Lane by the Church, South Gare.
Saturday 23 May 10am to 12.30pm.
Meet opposite the fishermen’s Huts, South Gare.


Sunday 24th May 1.30pm to 4pm.
Meet at St Helen’s Church, Rockcliff View, Carlin How.

Coatham Dunes

Tuesday 26th May 6pm to 8.30pm.
Meet at Majuba Road car park, Redcar.

The photographic workshops are held outdoors and require some walking. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
To help organise the events please book via email: or tel: 01287 636382.

Later this summer the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust will run a series of public walks and events along the coast to help people explore and learn about different wildflowers and how man and nature have shaped the habitats found today. For more information go to the events page of
Get snapping everyone!