I have been recording with the NPMS since it started in 2015. I had very little botanical knowledge then as I was still working as a GP. This is my first plot at Longtown in Herefordshire overlooking the Black Mountains. I was lucky enough to have a wildflower meadow in my patch, fortunately unchanged in the quality of the plants in 7 years.
Since retiring 3 years ago, I now devote 5 days of the week to botany and am Hon. Sec. to the Committee for Wales of the BSBI (nobody else wanted to do the job!). I also regularly botanise with the Brecknock and Monmouthshire botany groups and am lucky to have had great support from the Vice Recorders of both counties. I have to admit that I flinch at the some/most of records I made in the early days (and more recently)! I also did the Identiplant online course during lockdown, this was at a reduced rate, thanks to the NPMS. I learned loads from this course especially about the different plant families and how to use a key etc.
To read the rest of this lovely and encouraging blog post from one of our longest contributing volunteers and view Anne's gorgeous images from her plots in Herefordshire and the Brecon Beacons, follow the link below: