Plant Monitoring Scheme
2016 Pilot Scheme
This scheme was run as a pilot in 2016. It will not run in 2017 as we have been unable to source funding.
The Irish Plant Monitoring Scheme was developed so that we can better understand our environment and track changes in Ireland’s Flora. The scheme set out to encourage, support and co-ordinate volunteers interested in botanical recording. In taking part, volunteers collected very valuable data to help further the conservation of Ireland’s flora. In return, the scheme provided an opportunity for volunteers to upskill and improve their identification skills, particularly those who are beginners to botany. Volunteers were provided with ID guides, a structured way to record and a learning support system.
Within the scheme, we asked volunteers to record all plant species found within small plots in different habitat types. In the pilot scheme in 2016 we monitored grasslands. Those who took part choose a grassland site near them and recorded there just once between June and August.
The pilot Plant Monitoring Scheme was a collaboration between the Data Centre and NPWS who provided funding for a part-time project officer in 2016