Did you know that 70% of people surveyed in a recent YouGov Poll [1. https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/about-us/news/plantlife-launches-the-great-british-wild-flower-hunt] said they would love to know more about local wildflowers? But more and more – or is that less and less – people are losing the connection with nature, and with it their knowledge of things like flowers.
PlantLife have created a large-scale interactive guide to wild flowers, offering everyone the opportunity to have fun and boost our botanical knowledge at the same time. Aside from getting families spending time outdoors together, the guide aims to give its users confidence to identify the wildflowers that are growing in our urban parks, meadows, fields or woodlands.
Marian Spain, Chief Executive of Plantlife says:
“Lots of us love wild flowers but can feel unconfident around them and want to know more. The Great British Wild Flower Hunt is designed to do just that. You can do it on your phone or print off the sheets, and take them with you while you’re walking the dog, with toddlers in the park or out on a country stroll.”
There are nearly 50 flowers to identify and hunters are able to filter photos by colour, mark off flowers spotted, and earn flower points which can be shared on social media via #WildflowerHunt. If you’re like me and don’t have signal out in the more ‘country’ areas of your neighbourhood, you can print off the guide to take out with you. There’s also a really cool fortune teller you can use to test your knowledge.
The Plantlife Flower Hunt has two options – “around town” and “in the country”, so hopefully, everyone can take part!
Happy hunting! Leave a comment below to let us know how many flowers you’ve found!