Getting started

The New Year Plant Hunt app is very easy to use - it allows us to process your finds quickly so that they appear immediately on the results page.

The app can be used on your phone while you're out in the field or on your computer once you're back home.

Enter your records »

Before you set out

First plan your route

Where you go is entirely up to you – pick your own route, check your county's webpage to see what’s planned in your area or check out the list of group plant hunts.

To keep everyone's list comparable we ask that you limit your recording to a maximum of three hours and to follow these instructions.

Even if you’re planning to use your phone to record your finds, we recommend that you take a pencil and notebook or a BSBI recording card with you as a backup. If the app doesn't work properly for you once you’re out in the field then it would be frustrating if you couldn't record your finds!

If you are using the app on your phone, download the form by visiting the page before you set out (while you still have a strong internet connection). You'll then be able to continue to record while offline. Check that everything is working before you leave the house.

Have fun recording flowers

Using the app on your phone means that you can record your New Year Plant Hunt finds as you walk. You’ll be able to add photos and automatically include accurate grid-references using your phone's GPS. The recording form was designed for use on a phone and it’s very user-friendly!


Use a notebook to record your list and enter the records on the website once you're home.

Once you're back home

If you didn’t use the app while you were out in the field, send the records using the web version of the form once you’re back home and have thawed out!

Sit back with a hot drink, share your success on social media and give yourself a big pat on the back: you’ve just contributed to a major citizen science project and helped BSBI learn more about how our wild and naturalised plants are responding to changing weather patterns. Thank you!

Enter your records »

If you run into any problems, you can email the NYPH team at or phone us on 07725 862957. We'll be here throughout the hunt, ready to help you.

Help with using the recording app

  1. Click on 'Enter your Records' to go to the app.
  2. Once the page has loaded, click through any introductory screens and click 'Start the Hunt'.
  3. Start typing in the plant name and select from the list OR click 'Unknown Plant' and upload a photo.
  4. For your first record: after choosing a plant name you'll be directed to the location page.
  5. Click on the map to pick a grid reference OR type a grid reference into the field at the top of the page.
  6. If you'd like your chosen grid reference to apply to your subsequent records, then click the padlock icon (so that it appears closed).
  7. Click on the back arrow (top-left) to save your record and return to the start page, which will now list your new record.
  8. Continue adding more records either by sending images (click on the camera icon) or by picking from the list of species (click on +).
  9. You can edit a record to modify the name, grid-reference or to add notes by clicking on the entry in the list.
  10. Once you have finished editing your records, click Send.
  11. If you see a rotating symbol, your records are being sent through for validation.
  12. If this doesn't happen, or if it's very slow then first check if any problems have been highlighted – every record needs to have a grid-reference and either a species name or a photo. If no errors are shown, then check that you have an internet connection. Trying clicking the button again to retry the send process. If you still encounter problems then please email us.
  13. To submit multiple plant hunt lists, make sure that your first list has been successfully sent then reset the search form by clicking on the menu icon (top-left) and then selecting 'Start a new list'.