New Year Plant Hunt

The eighth BSBI New Year Plant Hunt ran from 29th December 2018 to 1st January 2019 and has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part. Your observations each year are helping BSBI build up a clearer picture of how our wild or naturalised plants are responding to changes in autumn and winter weather patterns across Britain & Ireland. Scroll down to find out more.

Results and analysis 2019: 

BSBI's Head of Science Dr Kevin Walker has looked at all the 2019 results and here is his 2019 NYPH analysis.

The 2019 NYPH press release is available here.

Short interview about NYPH here with John Humphreys on BBC Radio 4 Today programme. Starts 1hr 43 mins in.

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 Saturday 29th December 2018 and Tuesday 1st January 2019, when the weather is decent enough to record in. You can go out plant-hunting on your own, with friends and family, or you can join one of the group Hunts happening across Britain & Ireland - details here.

2. Record wild and naturalised plants (but not planted or garden species) in flower. Please check plants are actually flowering – that catkins on trees are open, that grasses have open florets, stigmas or anthers on show etc. Please don't include ferns, mosses or lichens - none of these has flowers!

3. Record for up to 3 hours (you can “stop the clock” for tea-breaks, lunch 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.

Results, analysis & media coverage 2018: 

BSBI's Head of Science Dr Kevin Walker has looked at all the 2018 results and here is his analysis 2018.

Here is the  2018 press release sent to media contacts. Click here to view the coverage broadcast on BBC Countryfile on 21st January. Click on the links for articles in The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, the Irish Mail on Sunday and the Irish Mirror

For results 2014-7, please visit the New Year Plant Hunt archive.

How to send in your New Year Plant Hunt records

  • We have a user-friendly New Year Plant Hunt recording form for use in 2018-9!
  • You can use the form on your phone while you are out recording, or use the form on your computer once you get home. No registration required.
  • Click here for full instructions on how to use the recording form.
  • Records and images submitted via the recording form, once verified, will appear on this Results page. Click on the marker on the interactive map to see the list of all the plants recorded there.
  • If you run into any problems using the recording form, you can email us at
  • Find out about group New Year Plant Hunts organised by local botany groups. You can also contact your County Recorder here to find out what they are planning.
  • 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 2019 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 Year Plant Hunt website.
  • You can also post your finds on the BSBI Facebook pages for UK and Ireland. But finds posted on social media can only be included in the final total if you also send them to us via the recording form.
  • The deadline for getting your records to us is midnight on Sunday 6th January.
  • 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 2018-9 Hunt!

New Year Plant Hunt records and photos on Twitter #newyearplanthunt and on Instagram.

Daily highlights from 29th December onwards on the BSBI News & Views blog.

Day One highlights here.

Day Two highlights here.

Day Three highlights here.

Day Four highlights here.

2018-9 Results page: an interactive map, images, stats, most frequently recorded plants and longest lists.

NYPH Support Team

In 2019 the New Year Plant Hunt team of volunteers were: Brian, Ciara, Ellen, Ian,  Kevin, Louise, Mary, Natalie and Tom.

You can contact us here.