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

***NEW*** We also now have some instructional YouTube videos dealing with the use of the NPMS website; see

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.

Walker, K.J. et al. 2015. Making Plants Count. British Wildlife, 26(4): 243-250.