New Year Plant Hunt

New Year Plant Hunt 2017 has now ended --- BSBI's Head of Science is analysing all your records --- Click here for results so far. 

The sixth BSBI New Year Plant Hunt ran from 1st to 4th January 2017. Records are now being processed and a preliminary analysis will be published later this month. Thank you to everybody who contributed: with your help, we are building up a clearer picture of which wild or naturalised plants are in bloom at New Year across Britain & Ireland.

Did you like the New Year Plant Hunt app or did you have problems with it?

Please help us improve the app for next year and have your say about BSBI developing apps for recording wild flowers: click here to give us your feedback.

How to Take Part

The rules are simple to try to keep data comparable between different areas and over different years:

1. Pick one day between Sunday 1st and Wednesday 4th January 2017, when the weather is decent enough to record in.

2. Record wild and naturalised plants (but not planted or garden species) in flower. Please check plants are actually flowering – that catkins are open, that grasses have open florets, stigmas or anthers on show etc. 

3. Record for up to 3 hours (you can “stop the clock” for tea-breaks and comfort stops!). You can contribute as many different lists as you like from different areas as long as you don’t exceed the 3 hour limit for each new list.

4. Send us details of what you saw with photos if possible please: tell us which species you recorded (we can help with identification if you are stuck!), what your name is, and where and when you saw the plants in flower. There are several ways to do this - see the box on the right.

The new app

  • Please try out a version of the New Year Plant Hunt app, developed for us by colleagues at the Biological Records Centre/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, which we are trialling for the first time this year.
  • For recording in the field, the app is available for iPhone here and for Android phone here.
  • If you'd rather enter your records once you get home, here is a version for your PC. No download required, just register, click, enter details and send.
  • Records and images submitted via the app, once verified, will appear on this new webpage
  • We hope you will be able to use one of the methods above for sending in your records. The New Year Plant Hunt has become so popular with botanists of all ages and at all skill levels that we needed to find a quicker way to process records this year. 
  • If you really don't want to use the app, you can still send us a list or spreadsheet, but such records will have to be inputted manually by our volunteers - this will take longer and will delay the release of this year's results. So please try to use a version of the app if you possibly can.
  • Nil records are important too, so if you found nothing in bloom in your square please let us know. These data will also feed into our 2017 New Year Plant Hunt analysis.
  • We hope you will also tweet your finds to us at @BSBIbotany using the hashtag #NewYearPlantHunt - these tweets will be streamed to the new webpage
  • You can also post your finds on the BSBI Facebook pages for UK and Ireland.
  • You can email the New Year Plant Hunt Team if you have any questions about this year's New Year Plant Hunt and how to record.
  • Everyone is welcome to take part in the New Year Plant Hunt - you don't have to be a BSBI member or an experienced botanist - and we'll help you if you get stuck. A few tips here to get you started.

Follow the Hunt!

Click here for the interactive map and images.

Click here for results so far.

New Year Plant Hunt on social media

Read daily updates on the BSBI News & Views blog here

Day One highlights here.

Day Two highlights here.

Day Three highlights here

Day Four summary & BSBI President's New Year Plant Hunt here

Click here to see New Year Plant Hunt records and photos as they come in via Twitter - also on the new webpage here.

Click here and here for New Year Plant Hunt on Facebook.

This year's New Year Plant Hunt team of volunteers are Ciara, Ian, Kevin, Louise, Richard, Ryan and Tom.

Email us here

New Year Plant Hunt results

During the 2016 New Year Plant Hunt, 653 species were recorded in bloom between 1st and 4th January. 865 botanists took part from 108 vice-counties across Britain and Ireland; between them, they submitted 9,265 records.

More on 2016 results here and  New Year Plant Hunt 2016.

Read the 2016 press release here and see how The Independent covered the story in January 2016.

Find out about 2015 results here and see Ryan's New Year Plant Hunt presentation here