New Year Plant Hunt

The ninth BSBI New Year Plant Hunt will run from 1st to 4th January 2020. A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in previous years: you are helping us build up a clearer picture of how wild and naturalised plants are responding to changes in autumn and winter weather patterns across Britain & Ireland. 

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.

On our 2018-9 Results page you can see an interactive map, images, stats, most frequently recorded plants and longest lists.

The 2019 NYPH press release is available here.

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

Our NYPH How to take part page explains how almost 1000 volunteers hunted for wildflowers in bloom and recorded their finds.

How do 2019 results compare with previous years? For results 2014-8, please visit the New Year Plant Hunt archive.

After the Hunt is over....

If you want to carry on spotting wildflowers in bloom after the New Year Plant Hunt is over, why not take part in Wild Flower Hour?

Just tweet photos of the plants you've seen to @BSBIbotany and add the #wildflowerhour hashtag! Then tune in every Sunday evening 8-9pm when hundreds of people come together to share photos of wild plants they've seen in bloom during the week. Need some help to identify your plants? The botanical community will help!

Thinking about next steps? Check out our Top Tips for Getting Started in Botany, with a review of ID books available, where to buy a handlens, helpful Facebook groups to join, local botany groups in your area, field meetings where you can pick up ID tips, training courses (and grants to help pay for them!).

Email us if you'd like to know more.

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.

NYPH Support Team

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

If you'd like to join the New Year Plant Hunt support team in 2020, we'd love to hear from you! Just email us at