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NPMS Plot Portrait #1

Here at the National Plant Monitoring Scheme we are continually astounded by the energy, effort and enthusiasm of our fantastic volunteers, in order to celebrate the great naturalists who make the NPMS what it is, we have asked some of them to contribute combined "Plot Portraits" of both their NPMS squares and themselves! Here is the first in this series of getting to know the NPMS community!

Jon Marshall, NPMS Volunteer Surveyor North Somerset

Tackling the NPMS in the field: a lowland example

By now many of you will no doubt have made at least one visit to your NPMS square – we hope you have enjoyed the challenge! Don’t forget that the first visit is the hardest one, because choosing the plots is a key initial step in the National Plant Monitoring Scheme. Subsequent visits to a square will focus on monitoring your established plots, and also hopefully on continually improving your plant ID skills!

NPMS training kicks off!


Yes, the swallows are back, the meadows are being painted with lady-smock, and the first ever round of NPMS training is taking place! If you haven't already noticed, the National Plant Monitoring Scheme is offering a full schedule of training opportunities this year. Visit the training page to sign-up if you are an NPMS surveyor!

The NPMS launch

The new National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS), launching today, will for the first time enable scientists to take an annual stock take of the UK’s wild plants and their habitats, but to do this we need the public’s help. We are looking for volunteers to carry out surveys of wildflowers and their habitats that will provide robust evidence of which widespread plants are increasing or declining, as well as indicating the changing state of our most valued habitats such as grassland, fenland and even road verges.