Posted 13th April by Peter Byrne
Plantlife has launched the Great British Wildflower Hunt, with over 21 new spring species that can be spotted, along with a new code of conduct on when it will be ok to pick wild flowers
Last year, there were more than 15,200 wild flowers spotted in the first year of the annual Hunt. With more than 60 common species included last summer, Plantlife has added over 21 spring woodland flowers, including anemone, ramsons and early purple orchid. However, even though we've had an arctic winter and cold spring so far, celandines, primroses, violets and stichwort are all in bloom.
Commenting on the research, Plantlife's Botanical Specialist Trever Dines said: "Research we carried out with YouGov within the last year shows that 70% of the public want to know their wild flowers better, and this is such an easy way to do it: 15% of our hunters started out saying they couldn’t name any wildflowers and were ‘unsure’ of their identification abilities so that was particularly thrilling when they completed the Hunt. At the other end of the scale, thirteen of our hunters scored a full house, finding all the species on their spotter sheets and scoring the maximum 37 points."
The charity also highlighted a dozen species that are so abundant that it is ok to pick, while also publishing a code of conduct so people will feel confident when picking.
The 12 flowers that can be picked are:
4 Common dog-violet
5 Greater stitchwort
6 Cow parsley
7 Meadow buttercup
8 Red campion
9 Oxeye daisy
11 Common knapweed
The Great British Wildflower Hunt runs through spring and summer, and includes 68 species - of these, the 12 listed above are fine to pick.