Mindful Monday

Mindful Monday #13. Join the New Year Plant Hunt!

Fancy a challenge? Put your botanical skills to the test and see how many wild and naturalised plants in flower you can record in up to 3 hours over the New Year period.

The rules are simple to try to keep data comparable between different areas and over different years:

  1. Pick one day over the New Year weekend between from Thursday 1st –Sunday 4th January 2015, when the weather is decent enough to record in.
  2. Record wild and naturalised plants (but not planted or garden species) in flower. Please check plants are actually flowering – that catkins are actually open, grasses have open florets, stigmas or anthers are on show etc.
  3. Record for up to 3 hours.
  4. Send the details of what you saw: species recorded, names of the botanists who saw them, time and location. You can email a list to nyplanthunt@bsbi.org and/or post your finds on the BSBI Facebook pageand/or tweet them to us at @BSBIbotany.

This hunt is a great excuse to get outdoors and have some fun. Don’t let your lack of identification skills hold you back. Use this hunt as motivation to get out there with an identification book and develop your skills! Don’t forget to network and ask for help if you need it (it is always good practice to take a few good photos too!)

Happy hunting!

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