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Do you know anyone with an interest in wild plants or who would like to learn more about them? As the weather warms and the days get longer the National Plant Monitoring Scheme are looking for people to help them.

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is seeking to understand what is happening to different wild plant habitats
across the UK and is set to run for a number of years. The Scheme has been running for two survey seasons and over 900 volunteers have signed up and been out surveying. Many of these volunteers are new to plant surveying and have found the scheme accessible, are enjoying taking part and are exploring places to close to them and finding out new things. Volunteers are supported by materials which are sent to them, online resources and free training courses. The more volunteers we have the more information is generated allowing us to get an even better understanding of what is happening in the landscape.

Who we are and what we need:

This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), a public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. Volunteers are recruited and supported to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers that can participate, depending on confidence and knowledge, and support will be provided both through training, Internet and telephone.

There are still opportunities to get involved with the scheme as a volunteer. Across Cheshire there are still 18 squares available to survey. The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available
To sign up visit www.npms.org.uk or for further information either email support@npms.org.uk or phone 01722
342743.

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