Lonely habitat up for exploring!


© Yvonne Imrie

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) is calling upon members of Plantlife Scotland to adopt a remote area of land to survey, to see what is growing in some of the lesser populated areas of the country!

Data collected will help provide an indication of changes in plant abundance and diversity across key habitats in the UK. From the blanket bog species of hare’s-tail cottongrass, bog asphodel, round-leaved sundew, which grow at our Munsary reserve, to species of dry montane heathland, and many more habitats to be discovered, the survey truly is one of a kind – a habitat-based plant monitoring scheme founded by Plantlife, the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

All the data is collected by volunteers and anyone can take part who has a keen interest in nature and who can identify or is keen to learn how to identify plants.

So whilst surveying has already got underway across much of Scotland we still need people to adopt some of the more remote areas of the country.The attached map shows which squares still need adopting! The areas which have plenty of squares ready to be adopted are in Galloway and throughout the Cairngorms.

If you live nearby or visit any of the unallocated squares on the map and would like to take part in the NPMS you can do so by registering here: http://www.npms.org.uk.

During the year you will be updated on training events and news, which will be advertised in our members magazine, through our E-newsletters and on our social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter).

We will welcome you onboard if you would like to join us.

Who knows where your surveying journey will lead you?



National Plant Monitoring Scheme

Help us check the health of our wild plant populations.

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