The National Plant Monitoring Scheme: A Technical Review

Pescott O. L.
Walker K. J.
Jitlal M
Smart S. M.
Maskell Lindsay C.
Schmucki R.
J. Day
C. Amos
K Peck
A. Robinson
Roy David B.

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme, co-ordinated by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, JNCC and Plantlife, was launched in 2015, and is based on volunteer recording according to a set protocol at pre-determined monads selected through a weighted-random sampling scheme. The approach and specific methodology was agreed following several years of development by experts, and is summarised in Pescott et al. (2019) and on the NPMS website. Following two years of NPMS data collection, the NPMS partnership carried out this review of the scheme, documenting how its establishment is progressing, and exploring how the accumulating data could be analysed, and the scheme put to best use.

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