New Year's Plant Hunt: the results.We asked botanists to spend up to three hours listing any wild flowers and garden escapes in flower over New Year, but not species planted in gardens. Around 70 BSBI members responded to the call, and members of the public also contributed records via Facebook or on Twitter at BSBIPlantHunt. We received 48 lists of plants in flower from 32 counties across Britain and Ireland: from Cornwall to Orkney and from Suffolk to Anglesey and Wexford in Ireland. The records covered a wide range of plants and most botanists were surprised at how many species they found in flower.
|Delairea odorata German-ivy flowering in Cornwall
Image: Elise O'Donnell
Plant Hunt Co-ordinator Tim Rich has now finished collating all our records, so here are our results:
· 221 species in flower, of which:
· 164 species are native to Britain and Ireland (about 10% of our native wild flowers), and
· 57 species are non-native or escaped from gardens.
|Erodium cicutarium Musk Stork's-bill in Lincs.
Image: Sarah Lambert
In general, more species were recorded in the south compared to the north, and more species were recorded in towns and cities, where there are more weeds and the temperatures are slightly warmer. The least number flowering (2 species) were recorded in the Outer Hebrides and Central Wales. Amongst the interesting records were a first record of Round-leaved Crane’s-bill in Leicester, and a second record of Musk Stork’s-bill in Lincolnshire.