NPMS

BSBI has joined forces with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, JNCC and Plantlife to bring you a new annual plant survey.

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) is a habitat-based plant monitoring scheme which will provide robust and much-needed data on changes in our wild plants and their habitats. 

Launched in March 2015, the NPMS has already attracted hundreds of volunteers and supporters. You can register here for 2016 or click here to find out which squares near you are still available.

Why is it needed?

Thanks to volunteer recorders, we have a very good understanding of changes in the populations of birds, butterflies and bats. But although plants are the foundation of habitats and ecosystems, we do not yet have a good measure of changes in plant populations across the country. 

How does it work?

Once you have registered, you will be randomly allocated a convenient 1km grid square to visit, so you can record various plant ‘indicator species’ in plots of differing habitats. These ‘indicator species’ have been specially selected to allow us to monitor changes in the countryside. 

Who can take part?

Anyone interested in nature who can identify wild plants, or who is keen to learn: you do not have to be an experienced botanist to get started.

The survey can be done at 3 different levels, so you can select the level that best suits your current knowledge and then we can help and support you as you progress up the levels over time.

Volunteers refer to a list of species for the first 2 levels. The final level allows you to record all the species found within a plot. 

Want to know more?

Go to the NPMS website for more information or to register for the scheme.

*NEW* Read what happened when BSBI Scientific Officer Pete Stroh went out surveying for the NPMS

Download the NPMS first annual newsletter featuring an article by Kevin Walker.

Read an interview with Oli about how staff and volunteers from BSBI, Plantlife and CEH came together to trial the survey methods.

BSBI is helping with the training for NPMS. Read more here about training sessions in 2016.

Take a look at this presentation on the NPMS, given at the BSBI Annual Exhibition Meeting, 2014.

Here is the joint press release about the NPMS put out by BSBI, CEH, JNCC and Plantlife.

Follow the NPMS on Twitter. 

How to register for the NPMS

Please register your details here to see if a square is available in your area, and to receive a survey pack.

Survey guidelines and a data entry guide are available here.

If you have any problems, you can email us.