Wednesday, 24 December 2014

New Year Plant Hunt 2015

Last year's Plant Hunt team
Image: L. Marsh
This year's BSBI New Year Plant Hunt, where we try to find as many wild plants in flower as possible within a three-hour period, starts on 1st January. Last year, it was a dead heat with the Leicester team and Tim Rich's team in Cardiff both finding 63 species. 

Tim is not accepting records from individuals around the county - we have to record in one group. The city centre route we took last year worked well so I suggest we again start at the end of Soar Lane, Leicester, near the Rally Bank at grid ref SK 579 048 and work our way past some brownfield sites to All Saints Church.

Lamium purpureum in flower last New Year
Image: T. Havenith
So, here is the Doodle poll so that you can see where to park and vote on which of the four days you would like us to go out Plant Hunting this New Year. 

More info about this year's Plant Hunt here and about last year's here on the BSBI News & Views page, where national results will be reported as they come in. Last year we had records from across Britain - it's interesting to compare which plants are in bloom where, and see how this changes across the years. 

You can also vote now for the second local group meeting of 2015 - a talk by Ian Denholm who is both BSBI's President and one of two Orchid Referees. His talk is called 'From orchids to agriculture and back again' and he has offered us a choice of dates so please vote here on this Doodle poll for which one you prefer.  

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