Please find below all of the essential guidance to get you started with the NPMS. Remember that you will need to have registered and been assigned a 1 km square to take part! See 'How to get involved' for more information.

We have now added an FAQs document to cover additional questions that volunteers may have; this will be updated periodically.

Our instructional YouTube videos deal with the use of the NPMS website.

In addition to the guidance below, you can also read the article on the scheme that featured in British Wildlife magazine. Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing for allowing us to reproduce the article in full here. Please see the magazine's website to become a regular subscriber.

For more technical articles and information, see our Conservation and research page.