The National Wildflower Centre (NWC), Eden Project, have empowered their volunteers and the public to survey for wildflowers through their Wildflower Warriors Citizen Science Programme.
Wildflower Warriors are armed with the right data capture tools to identify patches of wildflowers while out on a walk or in their gardens. There is an opportunity to upload photos, record observational data about pollinators and wildlife, and note problematic plant species.
With landowner permission in place, Wildflower Warriors are also invited to collect wildflower seeds for the NWC seedbank, which are used for conservation and restoration projects across Cornwall.
The Wildflower Warriors Citizen Science Programme aims to:
Establish a wildflower database that can be shared with the public and the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland (BSBI);
Facilitate learning something new, improve wildflower identification skills, and IT skills;
Encourage people to go outside with a purpose, to improve health and wellbeing;
Build a seed bank of hand-collected local provenance seed, collected by the local community for local conservation/restoration projects.
Anyone can become a Wildflower Warrior!
Image credit: Stephanie Knights