Why is it needed?How does it work?Who can take part?How do I take part?

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Why is it needed?

Thanks to volunteers, we have a very good understanding of changes in the populations of birds, butterflies and bats. Plants are the foundation of habitats and ecosystems, but currently we do not have a good measure of changes in plant populations across the country.

How does it work?

This is a scientific survey, so you will be randomly allocated a convenient 1km square to visit. The visit involves recording plant ‘indicator species’ in plots. Within your 1km square you will record around 5 plots in semi-natural habitats. Check out the squares available near you now! Or, if you are signed in to your NPMS account, visit the 'Request a square' page.

Who can take part?

Anyone interested in nature who can identify plants, or who is keen to learn. Different levels of participation ensure that all who are keen can participate: you do not have to be an experienced botanist. You will only need to identify between 25-30 'indicator species' per habitat. These are distinctive species specially selected to allow us to monitor changes in the countryside.

How do I take part?

Please first see the 'How to get involved' page for more detailed information on participating in the NPMS; you can also email support@npms.org.uk if you have a query which is not answered in the documentation. The NPMS flow diagram also provides a brief overview of the process. We also have a list of NPMS Mentors who can provide local support.