New Year Plant Hunt

The fifth BSBI New Year Plant Hunt has now ended. Many thanks to everyone who took part, recording wild or naturalised plants in bloom at New Year. Preliminary results here: New Year Plant Hunt 2016

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 over the New Year weekend between Friday 1st and Monday 4th January 2016, 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!)

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. You can:

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. 

New Year Plant Hunt results

Read the press release here.

Find out how The Independent covered the story.

For more results and in-depth analysis, please follow our News & Views blog

View Ryan's New Year Plant Hunt presentation here

Find out about last year’s results here

Follow the Hunt!

From 1st January, you can:

Click here and here to see New Year Plant Hunt records and photos as they come in. 

Read daily updates on the BSBI News & Views blog here