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National Plant Monitoring Scheme

What is it?

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) is a new habitat-based plant monitoring scheme designed by BSBICEHPlantlife and JNCC. The aim is to collect data to provide an annual indication of changes in plant abundance and diversity.

Why is it needed?

Thanks to volunteers, we have a very 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.

How will it work?

This is a scientific survey, so you will be randomly allocated a convenient 1km square to visit. The visit involves recording plant ‘indicator species’ in plots. Within your 1km square you will record around 5 plots in semi-natural habitats.

View the Story Map telling the story of the scheme in Northern Ireland.

More information can be found at http://www.npms.org.uk or contact pauline.campbell@nmni.com