Submissions for NYPH 2020 are now closed

Thank you to everyone who took part in the BSBI New Year Plant Hunt 2020.

We're busy checking and analysing your results.

Please don't use the recording form linked from this page. You can send other one-off records to BSBI using our record-a-plant form.

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 (twitter #NewYearPlantHunt) 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 [email protected] or phone us on 07725 862957. We'll be here throughout the hunt, ready to help you.

What if I don't find anything?

People are often surprised by how many flowers they find, but in some parts of the UK and in particular habitats finding anything in bloom can be a huge challenge. Lists with few or even no results are just as important as long lists. If you have searched and found no flowering plants then your result is still valuable and we want to hear about. Please send us an email stating where you went and we'll include your null result in our analysis.

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. If you are prompted, please allow the app to use GPS. This will save you a lot of time and provide us with precise locations automatically.
  5. For your first record: after choosing a plant name you may be directed to the location page. You only can set a location by typing a grid-reference or by clicking on the map. You only need to do this if the app isn't using GPS. With GPS enabled the locations will be set automatically. If you are entering records at home and would like your chosen grid reference to apply to your subsequent records, then click the padlock icon (so that it appears closed).
  6. To return to the record from the map screen (if displayed) click on the back arrow (top-left) to save your record and return to the start page.
  7. Your new record will now be listed on the start page.
  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, please double-check your list for mistakes. Please click on List title, date and comments on the main page and check that the date is correct.
    For display on the results page it's good to give your list a distinctive title - usually based on where you searched. Please don't include include your full name here. The title will be displayed on the results page).
  11. Finally, click Send. If you see a rotating symbol, your records are being sent through for validation (you can still modify and re-send records that are listed in the app). Thank you!
  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. You can carry on adding more records even after you have first sent the list. These will be added to the existing list.
  14. To send multiple separate plant hunt lists, make sure that your first list has been successfully saved (all records marked as sent) then reset the search form by clicking on the menu icon (top-left) and selecting 'Start a new list'.

If you encounter problems

Please email the NYPH team at [email protected] or phone us on 07725 862957. We'll be here throughout the hunt, ready to help you.

If you are unable to get the app to work on EITHER your phone OR your computer (do try both) then our volunteers will enter your records by hand but this takes us much longer. If the app really doesn't work for you then please follow these instructions:

Email us your list and be sure to include all the essential details listed below:

Plant Hunt participants are asked to provide their names and an email address. We use this information if we need to contact you about the list you've sent, but won't retain email contact details after the project has finished. Any names you provide will be retained in our permanent archive, as we consider the recorder's name to be an important and inseparable part of a botanical record. If you prefer, you are free to use an informal name or a pseudonym.

Please contact us if you wish to fully remove your details from our database.

Personal details collected by the New Year Plant Hunt are covered by BSBI's Privacy Policy.