National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS)

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC); Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).

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Purpose of NPMS

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) is a new long term monitoring scheme designed to collect data to provide an annual indication of changes in habitats by looking at plant abundance and diversity.

How it works

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, in late spring and again in late summer. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.

For more information including newsletters, training and events as well as how to get involved, please visit the NPMS website.

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