Become a Citizen Scientist for Wicklow and take part in the Spring Flower Spotter Project

Wild Garlic

Have you seen the primroses, garlic, and bluebells yet? Spot and identify any of 20 types of Spring Flower on your walk in your local area, snap a photograph, and upload it on the website:

Biodiversity Ireland Spring Flowers Project

At present, plant life is being affected and it’s up to us to do what we can to protect it. We are calling on friends and nature lovers to take part in this joint pilot between the BSBI and the National Biodiversity Data Centre which was kicked off in 2017.

Not only does it encourage people to record their observations of early-flowering species that can be otherwise lacking in data but like all recordings, is valuable as it contributes to furthering plant conservation in Ireland. Many of the spring flowers which have been chosen for the project are very distinctive, making it a good way for families and those new to recording to get involved. It helps scientists study how Weather and Climate Change are affecting our seasons and our biodiversity.

Since Co. Wicklow is the garden of Ireland, we want to show flowers from all corners of the garden – that includes home gardens, greens and fields, hills, uplands, woods, lake-sides, stream banks, quarries, beaches, sports grounds, and all areas.

There is currently good representation on the North East of Wicklow but we still need representation in the South and West of the County too.

Make it fun and easy by downloading your spotter sheet here or download the app for easy, paperless spotting on the go!

Why not create a competition with your friends or cousins in other counties to see who can spot the most Spring Flowers.

Contact us with any questions. If you are having any trouble with uploading, you can Email us the photo and location and we will help upload for you. Keith at or catch us on Facebook.

Mapping by National Biodiversity Data Centre showing decline of specific species in past 6 years.
Featured species: Lords and Ladies

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