Plant Monitoring Scheme
2016 Pilot Scheme
The Irish Plant Monitoring Scheme has been developed so that we can better understand our environment and track changes in Ireland’s Flora. The scheme sets out to encourage, support and co-ordinate volunteers interested in botanical recording. In taking part you will collect very valuable data that will help further the conservation of Ireland’s flora. In return, the scheme provides an opportunity for you to upskill and improve your identification skills, particularly if you are a beginner to botany. Volunteers will be provided with ID guides, a structured way to record and a learning support system.
Within the scheme, we ask volunteers to record all plant species found within small plots in different habitat types. In the pilot scheme this year we are monitoring grasslands. If you take part, you can choose a grassland site near you and we ask that you record there just once between June and August.
The pilot Plant Monitoring Scheme is a collaboration between the Data Centre and NPWS who are providing funding for a part-time project officer in 2016