The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland has a citizen science project on the go from today, January 1st to Monday, January 4th. They are looking for people to look in natural spaces for wild plants which are in flower right now in order to build up a picture of what thrives where and when. So, if you are interested, you can find out more here.
I didn’t expect us to find anything flowering in our nearest wild space but it felt good to be starting the new year with a little project as well as having a focus for our walk. Thus, we set off with stout boots and my phone to explore.
We did see some remaining rosehips
as well as buddleia flowers which appeared to have petrified on the tree. Some of the blackberry bushes were also still in leaf but there were indeed no flowers.
If, like me, you decide to do the hunt and find no flowers, the BSBI still wants your data. In this case, you need to email them (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let them know this, along with the grid reference of where you were looking.
It would be interesting to see what is out there, so please do tell me if you find any flowering plants in wild spaces.