|Flowers seen in Sussex, 31.12.2017|
Image: Kate Gold
The New Year Plant Hunt support team were kept very busy, with enquiries coming in to firstname.lastname@example.org We realised that the online recording form which worked beautifully on some browsers didn't work so well on others. Do we know why? No we don't! Something to look into once the Hunt is over and we sit down to carry out the post-mortem!
|Alexanders in Kent, 31.12.2017|
Image: Dave Steere
Ellen and Jo, joining us for the first time this year, soon got the hang of what was required and have also been helping and encouraging plant hunters. Over on Facebook Richard was spreading the word and answering any questions people had about how to upload records and what the aim of the Hunt was.
Tom was amazing as always and very patient with the rest of us whenever we had a technical query.
|Hazel: male and female flowers|
Also very gratifying to receive a message from BSBI President Chris Metherell saying how much he'd enjoyed his New Year Plant Hunt, how impressed he was with the New Year Plant Hunt website and the excellent work from the volunteer support team - and how he'll be going out again on New Year's Day to do another Hunt!
Plants seen on Day Two ranged from the usual suspects to some more unusual finds. Ivy Broomrape and Alexanders were highlights, Meadow Buttercup was spotted several times (usually accompanied by "I can't believe this is blooming on New Year's Eve!") and Hoary Mustard definitely seems to be on the increase - it was recorded in London, Bristol, Kent, Cambridge...
|Ivy in flower in Edinburgh, 31.12.2017|
Image: Gus Routledge
Many people also noticed the flowers on Hazel trees and Ivy, which is a valuable provider of winter nectar - check out this blogpost from Ryan Clark, New Year Plant Hunt Co-ordinator in 2015.
So, what will Day Three bring? The first wild flowers of 2018 - watch this space!