What Wildflower Hunters Are Finding In Scotland

Yvonne Imrie

Yvonne Imrie

Office Administrator

24th July 2018



From Dumfries to Orkney, on the Western Isles and across to Aberdeen, people have been out hunting wildflowers throughout Scotland. Here's what you've been finding so far...

In the woods...

No great surprise here: bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta - pictured above) was by far the most common flower spotted, found by almost three quarters of wildflower hunters. This was followed by primrose (Primula vulgaris) - Scotland's favourite wild flower - found by just over half (55%).


Dog violets

In the countryside...

Dog violets (Viola riviniana - pictured above) were the most frequently spotted flower. Over half the wildflower hunters found them (56% ). But cowslips (Primula veris) were close behind (48% of wildflower hunters found them).



In our towns...

Hunters found huge quantities of dandelions (Taraxacum officinale - pictured above) and daisies (Bellis perennis) in lawns, parks and playing grounds. Daisies - perhaps unsurprisingly - were the most widely found with 84% of urban wildflower hunters spotting it.

There's still time to take part - why not see what you can find?

Don’t be put off if you are surrounded by buildings, there are still many flowers to be found. In fact, last year our urban hunters found almost as many different species as those in the countryside! We’re really keen to know how many people can find wild flowers in cities. Even if you only find a few, it’s really useful for Plantlife to know, so we can work out how to bring more colour into our cities, so more people can see nature around them.

Find out more:


The Great British Wildflower Hunt

Take part in the Hunt and you’ll give us more information about where flowers can be found.

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