This is the second time I have singed up to the Plantlife scheme, it is to collect data at a allotted plot and record the wild flower's two times a year. Simple enough you would think !
To be honest I am finding it a little hard as they have changed all the evidence gathering from the last time, I don't want to put anybody of having a go, as I think once I get started it should all fall into place.
The survey has been designed to monitor the abundance of sets of species within fixed plots. (square or linear plots) in 28 fine NPMS (National Plant Monitoring Scheme) habitats.
Three square plots at 5m x 5m (woodland will be 10m x 10m) and two linear plots at 25m.
There are three levels you can record at, Wildflower, Indicator and Inventory. Each of your plots will cover one of the habitats, there are 11 habitats from bog to coastal, all this comes in a pack to read, with a very good wildflower book and recording forms.
So I went for a plot in a place called
Blubberhouses is a small village and civil parish located in the Washburn Valley in the borough of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, a county in the north of England.
It is about a forty minuet drive from my house through some of the most stunning scenery to the top of Fewston reservoir above Swinsty reservoir (post here). As you come over the hill you can see the golf balls of RAF Menwith Hill. These too look stunning.
At the car park , the first thing you notice is the lovely little church up on the hill.
We had been a few weeks back to have a look round, so to day I had some idea of what I was going to do. One of my linear plots and one 5m x 5m plot.
My linear plot runs along the path and is full of wild flowers, I still have to go through all my photos but the highlight was finding some Bistort, I have not recorded this plant before.
Wren, Chiffchaff, Canada Geese, Mallard with ducklings, and it was nice to spot some Teal, two males and one female were spotted,
A place to sit and watch the day go by, there is no way I was going to get the survey done in one trip, such a shame I will have to go back to this beautiful place....!!!