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Flower Power needed!

Spring into action and help Plantlife count the UK’s wildflowers.

March 20 2013

Wood anemone © Andrew Gagg/Plantlife

Wood anemone © Andrew Gagg/Plantlife

Do you know your cuckoo-flower from your cow parsley? Or your buttercup from your butterbur?

Plantlife are calling on people to put a spring in their step and join Scotland’s wild flowers survey.

Sue Southway, who is leading Plantlife’s Wildflowers Count survey says: ‘Our survey is really simple and all our volunteers get a free colour guide of the wildflowers included. If you enjoy being outside, whether walking the dog, exercising children, or just for the pure enjoyment of seeing the seasonal changes around you, please get in touch. The survey runs from the first day of spring right through to September and helps us to find out more about the flowers on YOUR doorstep! In the UK, we know lots about the really rare and threatened species but much less about how our more common wildflowers are doing. Last year our survey showed that creeping buttercup and cowslip were among the UK’s most common wildflowers where as stinking iris and alpine lady’s mantle were the least recorded. Our wild flowers aren’t just gorgeous they are vital to the survival of our wildlife; by tracking them we can see if they are increasing or decreasing in numbers, which, in turn, shows us how healthy our countryside is. You may be surprised by how many you know!’

To take part, simply click here.

For more information or images please contact: Justina Simpson, Plantlife Publicity Manager, on 07584 995 929 or email