You will find a range of resources to help with plant identification and further information about the plant monitoring scheme below –

Plant Monitoring Scheme Booklet – Plant Monitoring Scheme Booklet

Recording Sheets – Plant Monitoring Scheme Recording Sheet

Worked Examples of Recording Sheets – Recording Sheets – Worked Example (Common)
Recording Sheets – Worked Example (Scientific)

Instructions to the Online System – Instructions Online System

Grass Guide – Grass Guide

Sedge and Rush Guide – In Development

Introduction to Bryophytes – In Development

Crib Sheets – 

Plantain Crib

Plantains have small flowers in spikes and distinctive leaves.
Plantains have small flowers in spikes and distinctive leaves.

Potentilla and Fragaria Crib

Potentillas generally have small yellow flowers, with 4-5 petals.
Potentillas generally have small yellow flowers, with 4-5 petals.

 

Cirsium (Thistles) Crib

Thistles have distinctive purple flowering heads and prickly leaves.
Thistles have distinctive purple flowering heads and prickly leaves.

 

Veronica (Speedwells) Crib

Speedwells are generally small plants, with distinctive blue (sometimes white/pink) flowers.
Speedwells are generally small plants, with distinctive blue (sometimes white/pink) flowers.

 

Erodium (Stork’s-bill) Crib

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Stork’s-bills are small plant with pink flowers associated with coastal areas.

 

Trifolium and Medicago (Trefoils and Medicks)

Trefoils and Medicks generally have small clusters of yellow pea family flowers and trifoliate leaves.
Trefoils and Medicks generally have small clusters of yellow pea family flowers and trifoliate leaves.

 

Yellow Fabaceae Crib

Plants with distinctive yellow pea flowers.
Plants with distinctive yellow pea flowers.

 

Vicia (Vetch) Crib

Vetches are members of the Pea Family (Fabaceae) which generally have purple/pink flowers (sometimes pale or white).
Vetches are members of the Pea Family (Fabaceae) which generally have purple/pink flowers (sometimes pale or white).

 

Rumex (Docks and Sorrels) Crib

Docks and Sorrels are distinctive species, known better for their distinctive dark rusty colours when gone over, than there greenish/red flowers.
Docks and Sorrels are distinctive species, known better for their distinctive dark rusty colours when gone over, than there greenish/red flowers.

 

Galium (Bedstraw) Crib

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.
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.

 

Epilobium (Willowherbs) Crib

Willowherbs are generally pink flowered with 4 notched petals. They can range greatly in size. Stigma shaped is a great help in species identification.
Willowherbs are generally pink flowered with 4 notched petals. They can range greatly in size. Stigma shaped is a great help in species identification.