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National Plant Monitoring Scheme
The second season of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme is well underway with volunteers up and down the country going out to visit their squares.
Follow the link to see the results from 2015 and the projects plans for the year ahead.
More help needed
There are still lots of squares available for surveying, and this is where you come in.
The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available: http://www.npms.org.uk/square-near-me-public?dynamic-return_all_squares=true
As you will see, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in your area, and the link above is where you can get started.
This scheme is a partnership between 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.