How you can do your bit
You too could become a citizen scientist! Plant Life are looking for people to help with a survey called Every Flower Counts which asks people to record the plant species growing in lawns between the 22nd-31st May.
No garden at home? Come and see what's in ours!
Not everyone has a garden at home, so we'd like to invite you to come to Hestercombe and see what's in our lawns this May.
Use the guide below to help you count out the flowers.
Guide to counting flowers
Look at an area of roughly 1 metre by 1 metre and notice the different types of flower in bloom in your lawn. Are there daisies? Are there dandelions? Have you got selfheal or buttercups, or even meadow crane’s-bill in flower?
Plant Life are asking you to count the number of open flowers on 26 of our most common lawn flowers. Use Plant Life's ID guide to help identify them.
Thirteen of the flowers are common in typical lawns that are mown a few times throughout the year.
The other thirteen are often found in lawns that are left unmown until late summer or autumn.
For each species, count the number of open flowers (not unopened flower buds) you find within your quadrat.
Check the Plant Life ID guide first to show you exactly what to count:
- For most plants (like buttercup and cuckooflower) it will be each individual flower that’s open
- For daisy and dandelion-like flowers, please count each fully-open flowerhead (each of which is actually composed of many tiny flowers)
- For plants like clover, count each whole globular flowerhead that has any open flowers.
- Once you have counted the flowers, you’ll see how quick and easy it is!
Now let Plant Life know what you’ve found by registering and submitting your results on the Plant Life website.