About the BSBI New Year Plant Hunt

During the 2016 New Year Plant Hunt, 653 species were recorded in bloom between 1st and 4th January. 865 botanists took part from 108 counties across Britain and Ireland; between them, they submitted 9,265 records.

We're looking forward to another record breaking event in 2017

It's now even easier to send records online or using our mobile app.

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How to take part

The rules are simple to try to keep data comparable between different areas and over different years:

  1. Pick a day between Sunday 1st and Wednesday 4th January 2017, when the weather is decent enough to record in.
  2. Record wild and naturalised plants (but not planted or garden species) in flower. Please check plants are actually flowering – that catkins are open, that grasses have open florets, stigmas or anthers on show etc.
  3. Record for up to 3 hours (you can "stop the clock" for tea-breaks and comfort stops!). You can contribute as many different lists as you like from different areas as long as you don’t exceed the 3 hour limit for each new list.
  4. Send us details of what you saw with photos if possible please: tell us which species you recorded (we can help with identification if you are stuck!), what your name is, and where and when you saw the plants in flower. There are several ways to do this - see the box on the right.

Follow the results

From 1st January, you will be able to follow the New Year Plant Hunt records and photos as they come in via facebook and twitter.

We'll post daily updates on the BSBI blog.