Blog posts

    NPMS indicator species trends by habitat now available!

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    Welcome Jen Farrar! BSBI Botanical Skills Officer - Northern Ireland

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    We’re delighted to introduce a new member of our NPMS support team.

    New research demonstrates power of NPMS plots for climate change impact monitoring

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    The accumulation of hundreds of National Plant Monitoring Scheme plots across the UK, Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands is an incredible resource for climate change researchers, and a new paper out today in the Journal of Applied Ecology attempts to quantify this for the first time.


    Introducing a new member of the NPMS support team

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    We're really excited to introduce a new member of our support team, Karen Fisher who has recently joined as Volunteer Support Officer. Karen joins us with a wealth of experience supporting volunteers and has great ideas for expanding our volunteer community.










    Verification of NPMS plant records

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    Biological recording has long involved some process of checking or verifying the correctness of an occurrence by the community or scheme interested in the records. There are several ways in which this is done within the NPMS and the first step on this journey is with you, the recorder!


    NPMS volunteer coordinator in Northern Ireland: Emma Mulholland

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     At the start of Autumn 2023, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) appointed a new Scientific Officer who will oversee the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) in Northern Ireland; Emma Mulholland.  Read our conversation and welcome Emma to the scheme!


    Emma out in the wilderness, plant hunting. Photo credit: Clare McKinney

    The NPMS 7 Years on - By volunteer Anne Griffiths

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    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.


    Anne Griffiths Survey plot

    Introducing our new Ecological Modeller, Oli Wilson

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    Oli Wilson is our new ecological modeller here at the NPMS. This exiting new role for the scheme will involve analysing the huge amount of data that is collected by our fantastically dedicated volunteers. Oli has great plans for exploring what the data can tell us. Read below to find out more about him and what he will be bringing to the scheme!

    Oli Wilson

    Can you tell us about yourself – what were you doing before you came to the NPMS?

    NPMS Volunteer mentors

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    The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is lucky enough to have a team of regional volunteer mentors. These are experienced surveyors and botanists that have volunteered to support fellow survey volunteers both locally and nationally.

    Wildflower Spotting and the NPMS

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    Check out this wonderfully written blog post from one of our fantastic NPMS volunteers. Michelle has been part of the scheme since even before it's official launch, having volunteered on Plantlife surveys prior to this.