Urban Flora of Scotland

Urban Flora of Scotland - What Grows in Your Street?

The BSS has an exciting long-term project called The Urban Flora of Scotland. Anyone interested in wild plants can join in.

We are recording the plant life in some of our towns and cities, in fact, any centre of population with more than 1000 inhabitants.

This is plant life 'in its broadest sense', including flowering plants, ferns, mosses, liverworts, lichens, fungi and algae growing anywhere within the town/city.

We are doing this because plant recorders often ignore the plants in our towns and cities, and rather few data are available on what species are present and where exactly they live. Yet they ought to be regarded as part of our history and natural heritage. They tell us about past industries, transport and trade, urbanisation patterns and the cleanliness of our air, and because city spaces are often warmer than surrounding countryside, their flora can indicate the effects of climate change on our plant communities. They can give 'early warning' of plant invasions.

Through the use of iRecord to capture data, we are involving both beginners and experts in plant identification and data capture.

All the information collected will be fed into national databases, where it will be stored for posterity, and where it will provide baseline data against which change can be measured in the future. When sufficient data has been gathered, we will produce maps of species distribution, analyse the data, and hope to produce a book and other publications. Please see the sidebar for pages which explain how to join in.

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