Pictorial Guide to the Flora of the British Isles

Vice-counties of Britain and Ireland

For the purposes of botanical recording, Great Britain was divided by Henry Cottrell Watson into 112 “vice-counties” in 1852. These were designed to be more equal in size than the traditional counties, and would not be affected by any subsequent changes to county boundaries. A similar system was applied to Ireland by Robert Lloyd Praeger in 1901, as vice-counties H1–H40, and the Channel Islands are often included as a 153rd vice-county (VC113 or C.I.). These vice-counties often preserve names and boundaries that have long since been replaced elsewhere, which can cause some confusion. For instance, the Vale of White Horse remains in VC22, Berkshire, although it was transferred to the administrative county of Oxfordshire during the local government reform of 1974.

Great Britain

  • VC1: West Cornwall & Scillies
  • VC2: East Cornwall
  • VC3: South Devon
  • VC4: North Devon
  • VC5: South Somerset
  • VC6: North Somerset
  • VC7: North Wiltshire
  • VC8: South Wiltshire
  • VC9: Dorset
  • VC10: Isle of Wight
  • VC11: South Hampshire
  • VC12: North Hampshire
  • VC13: West Sussex
  • VC14: East Sussex
  • VC15: East Kent
  • VC16: West Kent
  • VC17: Surrey
  • VC18: South Essex
  • VC19: North Essex
  • VC20: Hertfordshire
  • VC21: Middlesex
  • VC22: Berkshire
  • VC23: Oxfordshire
  • VC24: Buckinghamshire
  • VC25: East Suffolk
  • VC26: West Suffolk
  • VC27: East Norfolk
  • VC28: West Norfolk
  • VC29: Cambridgeshire
  • VC30: Bedfordshire
  • VC31: Huntingdonshire
  • VC32: Northamptonshire
  • VC33: East Gloucestershire
  • VC34: West Gloucestershire
  • VC35: Monmouthshire
  • VC36: Herefordshire
  • VC37: Worcestershire
  • VC38: Warwickshire
  • VC39: Staffordshire
  • VC40: Salop
  • VC41: Glamorgan
  • VC42: Brecknockshire
  • VC43: Radnorshire
  • VC44: Carmarthenshire
  • VC45: Pembrokeshire
  • VC46: Cardiganshire
  • VC47: Montgomeryshire
  • VC48: Merioneth
  • VC49: Caernarvonshire
  • VC50: Denbighshire
  • VC51: Flintshire
  • VC52: Anglesey
  • VC53: South Lincolnshire
  • VC54: North Lincolnshire
  • VC55: Leicestershire
  • VC56: Nottinghamshire
  • VC57: Derbyshire
  • VC58: Cheshire
  • VC59: South Lancashire
  • VC60: West Lancashire
  • VC61: South-East Yorkshire
  • VC62: North-East Yorkshire
  • VC63: South-West Yorkshire
  • VC64: Mid-West Yorkshire
  • VC65: North-West Yorkshire
  • VC66: County Durham
  • VC67: South Northumberland
  • VC68: North Northumberland
  • VC69: Westmorland & Furness
  • VC70: Cumberland
  • VC71: Isle of Man
  • VC72: Dumfrieshire
  • VC73: Kirkcudbrightshire
  • VC74: Wigtownshire
  • VC75: Ayrshire
  • VC76: Renfrewshire
  • VC77: Lanarkshire
  • VC78: Peebleshire
  • VC79: Selkirkshire
  • VC80: Roxburghshire
  • VC81: Berwickshire
  • VC82: East Lothian
  • VC83: Midlothian
  • VC84: West Lothian
  • VC85: Fife
  • VC86: Stirlingshire
  • VC87: West Perthshire
  • VC88: Mid Perthshire
  • VC89: East Perthshire
  • VC90: Angus
  • VC91: Kincardineshire
  • VC92: South Aberdeenshire
  • VC93: North Aberdeenshire
  • VC94: Banffshire
  • VC95: Moray
  • VC96: East Inverness & Nairn
  • VC97: West Inverness
  • VC98: Argyll Main
  • VC99: Dumbarton
  • VC100: Clyde Islands
  • VC101: Kintyre
  • VC102: South Ebudes
  • VC103: Mid Ebudes
  • VC104: North Ebudes
  • VC105: West Ross
  • VC106: East Ross
  • VC107: East Sutherland
  • VC108: West Sutherland
  • VC109: Caithness
  • VC110: Outer Hebrides
  • VC111: Orkney
  • VC112: Shetland

Ireland

  • VCH1: South Kerry
  • VCH2: North Kerry
  • VCH3: West Cork
  • VCH4: Mid-Cork
  • VCH5: East Cork
  • VCH6: Waterford
  • VCH7: South Tipperary
  • VCH8: Limerick
  • VCH9: Clare
  • VCH10: North Tipperary
  • VCH11: Kilkenny
  • VCH12: Wexford
  • VCH13: Carlow
  • VCH14: Laois
  • VCH15: South-east Galway
  • VCH16: West Galway
  • VCH17: North-east Galway
  • VCH18: Offaly
  • VCH19: Kildare
  • VCH20: Wicklow
  • VCH21: Dublin
  • VCH22: Meath
  • VCH23: Westmeath
  • VCH24: Longford
  • VCH25: Roscommon
  • VCH26: East Mayo
  • VCH27: West Mayo
  • VCH28: Sligo
  • VCH29: Leitrim
  • VCH30: Cavan
  • VCH31: Louth
  • VCH32: Monaghan
  • VCH33: Fermanagh
  • VCH34: East Donegal
  • VCH35: West Donegal
  • VCH36: Tyrone
  • VCH37: Armagh
  • VCH38: Down
  • VCH39: Antrim
  • VCH40: Londonderry

L-R: Bidens tripartita, Melilotus officinalis, Mimulus guttatus, Thalictrum flavum, Ranunculus peltatus, Anchusa arvensis, Malva alcea, Lolium perenne