The Threatened Plants Project
The Threatened Plants Project was a 5 year BSBI voluntary initiative to learn more about ‘threatened’ species covered by the new British Red List. We are focusing on widespread species that have been classified as threatened for the first time, mainly because the 2002 Atlas showed them to have undergone rapid declines. For most we have very little information on their distribution, ecology and reasons for decline.
1. To collate detailed distribution records so that we can produce better maps for each species;
2. To carry out detailed surveys of a random sample of populations across Great Britain and Ireland so we can improve or understanding of their ecology and reasons for decline.
How can I get involved?
2012 was the final full year of the five year project. We have begun to digitise, analyse and write up the results. Meantime there is an opportunity for botanical volunteers, whether members or not, to do some additional ‘mopping-up’ field survey work in 2013. The TPP guidance and forms are available below.
If you’d like to help with this mopping up exercise, please contact those who are coordinating volunteer effort and liaising with Recorders. They are Eric Meek in Scotland, Paul Green in Wales, Bob Ellis in England, and Maria Long in Ireland. Please send the appropriate coordinator a note of your availability and any geographical or other preferences.
For further details about the Threatened Plant Project generally, please contact Kevin Walker.
Instructions for the survey
- >> Letter to v.c. recorders
- >> Instructions
- >> Recording card (pdf)
- >> Recording card (Word)
- >> Selected sites 2012 (xls)
Here are some files from previous years’ surveys...
- >> Juniper recording card
- >> Selected sites 2010 (xls)
- >> Selected sites 2009 (xls)
- >> Selected sites 2008 (xls)