This is the sixth year of the New Year Plant Hunt and, each year, more and more people are taking part. So many of you are sending in records now that we had to come up with a new way to enter your data and for us to keep you updated on progress
We have a new mobile app and website which use a similar structure. Before you begin to enter records here's what you need to know:
Records from the mobile app and from the website are stored on iRecord. Many of you may already have an iRecord account, but if not then you will need to register on the iRecord website. It's straightforward to do and only takes a minute, but email us if you hit any problems.
Please come back to this page once you've registered.
After you register, iRecord will send you an email to activate your account. Please follow the link in that email and set a password for your iRecord account.
Where you go is entirely up to you, but please remember that, to keep everyone's list comparable we ask that you limit your recording to a maximum of three hours.
If you're planning to use the mobile app then please install it on your phone, while you still have a strong internet connection at home. Open the app and log in using your iRecord username and password. Once you're out in the field you can use the app to store your records without needing a mobile internet connection. Remember to upload your records from the app once you're back home or in range of an internet connection.
Whichever option you choose, you'll need to know your iRecord username and password.
If you have an Android or Apple smart phone then you might like to download our recording app. This will let you record your New Year Pant Hunt records as you walk and makes it easy to add photos and to automatically include accurate grid-references using your phone's GPS.
This is the first time that we've tried using a mobile app for the plant hunt. We think the app will work well, but please also take a pencil and notebook or a BSBI recording card with you as a backup. If the app doesn't work properly for you then it would be frustrating if you couldn't record your finds!
If you've already been out recording or are planning a New Year Plant Hunt then thank you!
The next step is to enter your list of finds on the website. The button below links to our recording form, which is similar to the mobile app but optimised to work as a web page.