Plant Monitoring Scheme – Update 

There is now only one week left to survey you Plant Monitoring Scheme sites. The final date for surveying is the 31/08/16. If you have already surveyed your site, then now is a great time to get your valuable data in, click here to be brought to our online system and here is a link to the instruction booklet for the online system. If you have any question regarding inputting your data, then get in touch with me at oduffy@biodiversityireland.ie

Crib Sheet Update – 

The latest crib sheet to be loaded to the resource section of our website is on Epilobium (Willowherbs). Willowherbs are generally pink flowered with 4 notched petals. They can range greatly in size. Stigma shaped is a great help in species identification.

Crib Sheet Update – 

The latest crib sheet to be loaded to the resource section of our website is on Galium (Bedstraw). Galiums are generally characterised by small white 4-petalled flowers and recurved prickles which make them very sticky and allow them to cling onto other vegetation for support.

Plant Monitoring Scheme Workshop – Galway 

Setting up the ropes for our plot in a very rainy Merlin Park in Galway. - Image by Colin Stanley
Setting up the ropes for our plot in a very rainy Merlin Park in Galway. – Image by Colin Stanley

 

A well attended workshop in the west of Ireland, the stunning Merlin Park in Galway proved to be an ideal spot for a plant monitoring scheme workshop. The workshop covered the field skills needed to participate in the survey, including the methodology and species identification.

 

Crib Sheet Update – 

The latest crib sheet to be loaded to the resource section of our website is on Rumex (Docks and Sorrels). Docks and Sorrels are distinctive species, known better for their distinctive dark rusty colours when gone over, than there greenish/red flowers.

Crib Sheet Update – 

The latest three crib sheet to be loaded to the resource section of our website is on the Fabaceae. These are broken down into Trifolium and Medicago, then larger yellow Fabaceae flower and finally Vetches.

Crib Sheet Update – 

The latest crib sheet to be loaded to the resource section of our website is on Erodiums (Stork’s-bill). Stork’s-bills are small plant with pink flowers associated with coastal areas.

Crib Sheet Update – 

The latest crib sheet to be loaded to the resource section of our website is on Veronicas (Speedwells). These distinctive small, generally blue coloured flowers are currently in flower across the country. If it is a group you’re having difficulty with, the new crib sheets should help with identification to species level.

Crib Sheet Update – 

Two new crib sheets have been added to the resource section of the plant monitoring scheme website, found here.

The first is for Potentilla and Fragaria and the second covers Cirsiums (Thistles), which are all currently in flower. So if you are currently surveying and having any difficult with the above groups, the new crib sheets should help with identification to species level.

 

Recording for the Plant Monitoring Scheme – 

Recording for the scheme is well under way with many sites being surveyed across the country.
Below are some photos from one our most recent surveying trips around Co. Waterford.

A great display of colour on show along the Copper Coast, Co. Waterford
A great display of colour on show along the Copper Coast, Co. Waterford
A beautiful display of Marsh Cinquefoil (Comarum palustre) at one of our wet grassland sites we have surveyed as part of the plant monitoring scheme.
A beautiful display of Marsh Cinquefoil (Comarum palustre) at one of our wet grassland sites we have surveyed as part of the plant monitoring scheme.

Irish Plant Monitoring Scheme – Tory Island BioBlitz

Recording for the Irish Plant Monitoring Scheme took place on Tory Island over the weekend of BioBlitz. Great to have this wonderful island included in the monitoring scheme.
Some of the sites and locations are shown below.

Tory Island

Tory Island III

Tory Island II

Tory Island IV

 

Preparations are almost complete for the launch of the Pilot Irish Plant Monitoring Scheme.

Copper Coast
One of the grassland sites that will be recorded during the summer as part of the Plant Monitoring Scheme – Oisín Duffy