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New Year Plant Hunt

Sounds as though you’ve had a successful plant hunt. We went out again yesterday morning in a howling wind and found more than we’d hoped. My friend even spotted and identified a flowering Jack-by-the-hedge. We only found one cow parsley still flowering. Our most stunning find albeit non recordable was the seed pods of a stinking iris. We’re hooked and are going out again today. Happy New Year 2019 and beyond.

Well…I was held by spiders for some of the time and up to knees in the sea briefly, so only saw non flowering plants!
Must do better for 2019.

The hunt runs from the 29th, so you’re entitled to enter the Pilosella, if you can persuade the web site to accept the correct date.

I feel outdone by the people who get 60 or 70 species, but you normally have to be in a coastal or urban location to manage that. But the Wrexham group did very well.

If you put a tag e.g. New_Year_plant_hunt_2019 or some other such then you could bring all the records together in a project. I have a look at doing this in the past and there have been rather few and it has also been tricky to separate the flowering from non-flowering.

On the other hand you could just make a project without bothering with tags and instead use the group ‘plants’ and a suitable date range for the date observed and just say these were all the plants recorded whether or not in flower. Perhaps also use a wider date range, 25 Dec to 1 Jan so people have a bit longer to get out and do the recording. Could always then manually look through these observations to see which were flowering if that is the main interest.

No worries. The Orkney Field Club members and guests submitted a list. Someone in North Ronaldsay also entered a list. There is an interactive map on the BSBI New Year Day Plant Hunt website which shows all the results.

Thanks. I was just curious about who was taking part and what they found. The interactive map on the BSBI Plant Hunt websites shows the results from across the country. Odd that unlike the rest of UK there were no planned events in Scotland.

We got 53, which is a bit on the low side, but then we chose to do some recording on a major road while the traffic was a bit quiet on New Years’ Day - coastal urban areas are def the best hunting grounds…

It’s the 130 that gets me. I doubt if I could get that in 3 hours of recording before April even without the restriction to plants in flower.

I’m typically getting well over 200 in a day at the moment covering a mix of urban, farmland, woodland and the odd soggy patch in a ‘day’ - which is perhaps only 5 hours bearing in mind we have coffee and biscuits at 10 when we meet and then a good 40 minute break at lunchtime and then someone usually mentions the pub around 1530! I doubt we’re doing more than 4 solid hours at any rate, but an experienced team of 3-4 spotters plus recorder def helps. I agree - 130 species in flower is a tall order… but I suspect that if we were to carefully pre-plan a route taking in a few old housing estates, woodland, coast, wetland etc, with a team of 4-6, covering both sides of the road at once, and ignoring tetrad boundaries, so focusing on NYPH rather than Atlas recording, it would be possible in the more southerly parts of the UK

NYPH? What the hell is the NYPH Plant Mapping system I wondered.
I feel stupid now

The ninth BSBI Plant Hunt will run from 1 - 4 January 2020. Link, here:

Might be worth including a link on the cover page?
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Final reminder. It’s not looking all that promising up here (I saw about 20 species flowering over a days walk today) but perhaps a couple of mild sunny days (30th and 31st) will bring every out down south.

we’re on course for a decent haul down here in Norfolk… mix of suburban, old fashioned industrial and semi-natural and ideally near the coast would work best… we’re in Norwich though, so won’t ‘win’! Ought to be a handicap system, so that if you’re in the north your fewer species are worth more than say a species list from Plymouth

So, is this a bluebell to be? And how much is it worth

Looks rather like it- possibly the garden hybrid, which is a little earlier than the native one, at least round here. Report back in a few months?

That was my reaction, but scilloids tend to be rather similar vegetatively.

We shouldn’t be treating it as a competition (unless you want to send two teams out on the streets of Norwich).

“People are often surprised by how many flowers they find, but in some parts of the UK and in particular habitats finding anything in bloom can be a huge challenge. Lists with few or even no results are just as important as long lists. If you have searched and found no flowering plants then your result is still valuable and we want to hear about. Please send us an email stating where you went and we’ll include your null result in our analysis.” (BSBI)

Those bluebells look about as far up as the ones in my back garden.
The soil level has also been increased since last year and even that has not held them back.

I found 22 species in flower in the garden today.
Rose (Rosa)
Quince (Cydonia oblonga)
Daisy (Bellis perennis)
Red Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum)
Primula (Primula)
Common Garden Spurge (Euphorbia peplus)
Viburnum (Viburnum x bodnantense)
Mahonia (Mahonia japonica)
Viburnum (Viburnum tinus)
False Holly (Osmanthus heterophyllus)
Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)
Ivy (Hedera helix)
Bittercress (Cardamine)
Hazel (Corylus avellana)
Paperbark Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Himalayan honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa)
Ivy-leaved Toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis).
Annual Meadow Grass (Poa annua)
Fuchsia (Fuchsia)
Cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium)
Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger)
Dianthus (Dianthus)