|Winter Heliotrope blooming in Devon|
New Year's Day 2017
Image: Karen Woolley
We encourage plant lovers across Britain and Ireland to go out and record any wild flowers you can find in bloom over the New Year period.
This year's New Year Plant Hunt runs from Saturday 30th December until Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
To find out more about this year's Hunt, how to take part and how to follow everyone's results as they come in, please visit this page.
You can go out recording on your own, or with friends and family, or you might prefer to join an organised group - click here to see some of the group meetings we know about or contact your County Recorder to see if anything is planned in your local area.
|Ciara with a Shepherd's-Purse spotted |
in bloom during the 2017 New Year
Plant Hunt in Leicester
Image: Keechy Akkerman
The app worked well but this year we have tried to make things even easier for you. There is a very simple recording form which you can use on your smartphone or on your computer. More details here on how to use the form.
If you run into any problems, you can email the New Year Plant Hunt support team at email@example.com
Ciara, Ellen, Jo, Richard and I (Louise) will be working shifts and ready to help you with any queries.
Also on the support team this year are BSBI Database Officer Tom Humphrey (technical advice), Ian Denholm, ace botanist and Chair of BSBI's Board of Trustees (who can advise on any particularly tricky plant identifications) and BSBI Head of Science Kevin Walker, whose real work starts once all the records are in - he will be analysing them and then reporting back on what they tell us.
|Some of the flowers spotted blooming |
in East Sussex, 2nd January 2017
Image: Kate Gold
The idea of the New Year Plant Hunt is to build up a clearer picture of which plants are in bloom in the middle of winter and how this might be changing over time.
In 2016 we recorded a total of 611 different taxa (species, hybrids and escaped garden cultivars) and in 2017 that total was 492, once Head of Science Kevin Walker had been through all the records and removed any duplicates, mis-identifications or invalid records.
|New Year Plant Hunters in West Cork, |
Image: Clare Heardman
It will be interesting to see how the recent snow across much of the country affects what we find in bloom this time.
Watch this space from 30th December for daily reports on the 2018 New Year Plant Hunt.
You can also follow results as they come in on this page or via our Twitter feed. Happy hunting!