Plants are essential to everyone's lives. Welcome to Plantlife.
Plantlife’s annual Wildflowers Count is about to become bigger and better.
We’ve joined up with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and The Botanical Society of the Britain and Ireland (BSBI) to bring you a new annual plant survey. This will provide more robust data to feed directly into Government monitoring.
2014 is a transition year ahead of the fully-fledged roll out next year. We’ll keep you up to date with changes as they happen.
What is the new scheme?
Surveyors will be working on an increased number of 400 species. These species are sorted into habitats, and even though we have increased the species list, at any one time and in any one habitat you will only be looking for between 20 and 30 species.
There are 4 levels to the new survey. Volunteers can choose the one that best suits their current knowledge and potentially, over time, they can progress up through the levels.
1) Wildflowers Path
This is a straightforward and enjoyable 1km walk that you devise yourself within your allocated 1km square. Simply record what you see from a list of 200 common wild flowers (species are sorted by habitat so you will never be recording all 200!)
If you are new to botanical surveys, this walk is a great way to gain confidence.
A full species list is downloadable at the bottom of the page but you may also like to download and take with you our 200 species list:
Then you can think about moving on to...
2) Wildflowers Plots
Within the 1km square allocated to you, we will ask you to survey a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5, plots in different habitats. Again we will be asking you to look out for 200 species.
If you find this easy then try the next level...
3) Indicator Plots
This looks at between 3 and 5 plots as above, but asks you to record species from the full 400 list.
Finding this too easy? The final challenge will be...
4) Inventory Plots
Here we are asking you to identify all the plant species in your plots, including some that might not be on your list of 400.
As always full instructions will be provided along with:
So how do I get started?
You can register for the 2014 survey by clicking the link below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the deadline for registering for this year's survey is 31 July 2014. (Any registrations made after this time will be put on the survey list for 2015).
We will then send you the survey pack.
NB If you are a resident of Northern Ireland, please contact Catherine Finlay to register your details and request a survey pack.
Uploading your results
NB Any old or existing WFC usernames and passwords will not work on the new site.
Please follow the sign-up instructions in the data entry guide below and by following the below links to get started:
The data entry guide is available here.
This is a new data entry site, which is currently being tested. Please help by telling us about things that don’t work, are not clear or could be improved by emailing email@example.com
(If for any reason you are not able to use the data entry system, please return your survey forms to us in the post).
Plantlife respects your privacy and will not give or sell your personal data to any third party. To read our privacy and security statement click here.
If you're signed up to survey, the following resources might be useful - click on each to download:
- Guidance notes
- Survey form
- Species list by habitat
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Health and Safety guidance
- Access rights and responsibilities
- Landowner permission letter
- Scottish Natural Heritage outdoor access leaflet
- Ordnance Survey guidance
- Wildflowers Count e-bulletin - January 2013
- Wildflowers Count e-bulletin - November 2013
There are WFC event days during the year, where you can learn about wildflowers and the survey, and meet other people wanting to take part. A diary of these and many other events can be found on our Activities page.