Urban Flora of Scotland

Urban Flora of Scotland - What Grows in Your Street?

The BSS is starting a new project, which anyone who is interested in plant life can join.

We are going to record the plant life in some of our towns and cities, focusing first on Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Perth.

UPDATE: FOLLOWING REQUESTS FROM MEMBERS, WE ARE EXTENDING THE SURVEY LOCATIONS TO INCLUDE SMALL TOWNS WITH POPULATIONS > 1000.

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

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 are part of our history and natural heritage. Not only do they tell us about past industries, transport and trade, urbanisation patterns and the cleanliness of our air, but because city spaces are often warmer than countryside, their flora can indicate the effects of climate change on our plant communities.

Through the use of iSpot and iRecord to capture data, we hope to involve 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. The following pages explain how to join in.

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