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North East New Year Plant Hunt-off

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BSBI and NHSN are joining forces to bring you an exciting experiment (and national first): the North East New Year Plant Hunt-off! A friendly and competitive duo of events with a serious purpose as two teams seek to record the most species in bloom as part of the BSBI’s innovative New Year Plant Hunt.

Expert botanist Chris Metherell will once again lead a hunt to Holy Island, while amateur botanist James Common will lead a suburban hunt in the Heaton area and challenge the BSBI Support Team to ID the trickier plants his team can record. Urban or rural, inland or coastal, expert or amateur, which will triumphant? Join us as you record the plants blooming in the depths of winter and contribute valuable data to a nationally important recording scheme.

Wednesday 1 January, 10.30am – 2.30pm

With Chris Metherell

In 2019, 28 species were found on Lindisfarne including Sea Mayweed and Sea Campion, alongside naturalised species such as Trailing Bellflower and Wallflower. Can we exceed this total in 2020?

Meet on the village green on Holy Island at grid reference NU12594186. We will take a break for lunch, and aim to finish by 2.30pm.

Free to all. No booking required.


Wednesday 1 January, 10.00am – 2.00pm

With James Common and Sacha Elliott

In 2019, naturalised species such as Red Valerian, Oxford Ragwort and Trailing Bellflower reigned supreme in Heaton, although Musk Mallow marked a notable find. What will urban recorders observe this year?

Meet at the entrance to Iris Brickfield Park in Heaton, grid reference NZ 27829 66078, the starting point that will take in the urban streets of Heaton as well as Heaton Park and Jesmond Dene.

Free to all. No booking required.