The National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) is a new habitat-based plant monitoring scheme. The aim is to collect data to provide an annual indication of changes in plant abundance and diversity. The scheme allows a 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.
Go to the National Plant Monitoring Scheme datasets on the NBN Atlas
How to get involved
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.