National Plant Monitoring Scheme volunteering

Photo of cowslips in a meadow by Caroline Coleman
Cowslips. Credit: Caroline Coleman

A message from the NPMS Volunteer Coordinator:

Good progress to date but more help is needed: Can you help with the NPMS surveying?

There are still lots of squares available for surveying so we would be hugely grateful if you can help with surveying, or in spreading the word to promote the scheme further using either our Spring 2017 newsletter or this NPMS flyer. The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are still available to 'adopt' for survey.

We particularly need to promote the scheme in remote areas, so if you know any one or any groups that like to spend time in remote places then please do pass the message on!

A big thank you:

The third season of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme is well underway with volunteers up and down the country going out to visit their squares. A huge thank you to everyone who helped to promote the NPMS over the past two years, we now have over 1100 volunteers taking part as well as a network of 20 NPMS Mentors.

A reminder of who we are and what we need:

This scheme is a partnership between the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); JNCC; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government.

The scheme will recruit and support volunteers to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats.

There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.

The NPMS dataset is freely available via the NBN Atlas.

See our Spring 2017 newsletter for results from 2016.

If you have any questions then please contact:

Hayley New, NPMS Volunteer Coordinator


Direct Dial: 01722 342743

Ext: 8227

Mobile:  07388 531605

2nd Floor Brewery House, 36 Milford Street, Salisbury SP1 2AP

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Posted: July 28, 2017