BSBI has joined forces with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, JNCC and Plantlife to bring you a new kind of 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. This press release (20th March 2019) will tell you more.
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.
How to register for the NPMS
*NEW* On 20th March 2020 we held a Tweet meet to bring all NPMS volunteers, partners, staff & stake-holders together online to talk about all aspects of the scheme & people's experience of taking part. If you're considering getting involved, it's a great way to find out more!
Want to know more?
This interview with Dr Rachel Murphy, Volunteer Manager at the NPMS, for the BSBI News & Views blog, tells you everything you ever wanted to know about the scheme.
Important new paper published 26/4/2019 on the design, launch and assessment of the NPMS. Co-authored by Oli Pescott; Kevin Walker (BSBI Head of Science); & colleagues from Plantlife, JNCC and CEH. Download the paper in full here.
Read this post about the NPMS published on the BSBI News & Views blog in March 2019.
Check out the new series of 'Plot Portraits' on the NPMS blog, where NPMS volunteers share their back story and tell us why they signed up for the scheme.
Details of training sessions in 2019 are available here - they get booked up really quickly so don't delay, reserve your space today! PS You'll need to be registered for the NPMS before you can book a space.
Read an interview with Oli about how staff and volunteers from BSBI, Plantlife and CEH came together to trial the survey methods.
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 launch, put out by BSBI, CEH, JNCC and Plantlife.