Please send your finds using the New Year Plant Hunt app. It’s easy to use and will allow us to process your finds quickly so that they appear immediately on the results page.
The recording form can be used on your phone while you’re out in the field or on your computer once you’re back at home.
Before you set out
First plan your route
Where you go is entirely up to you – you can pick your own route. Please make sure that you are aware of local Covid-19 restrictions and follow any local guidance for your area.
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 there were any problems then it would be frustrating if you couldn’t record your finds!
If you are using the app on your phone, open the recording form just 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.
Start your Hunt…
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 back home.
If you run into any problems using the recording form on your phone or your computer please check our Troubleshooting / FAQ page.
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 from you – use the ‘null records’ option on the app so we can include your null result in our analysis.
If you don’t know the name of the plant, you can upload photos instead and our experts will try to identify it for you.
Your photos should include a picture of the whole plant and also close-up views of the leaves and flowers. Take photographs from the side (it’s harder to identify plants from above)
BSBI has some online resources to help identify plants.
Please only name plants that you can identify with confidence and avoid being over precise unless you are certain (e.g. don’t pick a sub-species if you only know the plant well at species level).
Some common flowers such Dandelion (Taraxacum sp.) can’t usually be identified precisely at this time of year, so please record them only at genus level (i.e. as ‘Dandelion’ / ‘Taraxacum‘).
Yes! We’d welcome multiple lists. If you survey on more than one day or conduct two separate surveys on the same day (e.g. one in morning and then another somewhere else in the afternoon) then send separate lists.
We prefer lists to be equivalent to the area that someone might cover on foot. If driving some distance between sites please use a separate list for each location.
You can start a new list or switch between your lists using the options on the ‘Your lists’ menu.
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 we won’t retain email contact details after the project has finished.
You can choose whether or not to allow your name to be retained in our permanent archive of plant records, but we consider the recorder’s name to be an important integral part of a botanical record.
If you prefer, please feel free to use an informal name or a pseudonym.
Still stuck? Email the NYPH team at [email protected] or phone us on 07725 862957. We’ll be here throughout the hunt, ready to help you.
Please contact us if you wish to find out more about how we handle your data or to fully remove your details from our database.