The National Plant Monitoring Scheme which was launched at the weekend. scheme is the first of its kind and asks for volunteers across the United Kingdom to visit a kilometre square local to them and record the plants they find there in several different plots. The scheme will enable us to explore how plants in different habitats are responding to changes in the environment.
It may be that there are people within your parish / community who would like to be involved in this government backed scheme which is being delivered by a partnership comprising Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland; Centre for Ecology; Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Plantlife.
What support will volunteers get?
- All volunteers registering for a square on www.npms.org.uk will receive a survey pack (survey guidance; species list; species guidebook)
- All volunteers will be able to access telephone and email support provided by the volunteer coordinator
- All volunteers will be able to access free training courses
- Squares have been randomly selected across the UK and it is possible to see if there is a square in your area by visiting the website above.
- Volunteers are asked to record up to 30 plant species in any one square or linear plot as long as it fits into 1 of the 28 NPMS habitats
- Volunteers carry out the survey of their plots 2 times per year
- Volunteers may be individuals or small groups