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Monitoring the Brecks

The Wild About Plants team worked with volunteers to help us monitor the progress of 28 rare and endangered plant species that inhabit Breckland - an area straddling Suffolk and Norfolk.

Through Plantlife's work in Breckland practical conservation action,  we helped to improve outcomes for a number of wild plants. Visit this website if you would like to know more about this special landscape and the opportunities it offers for leisure and recreation.

Volunteers braved a chilly April day to look for Veronica spp. in the Brecks

Volunteers braved a chilly April day to look for Veronica spp. in the Brecks

We are delighted that over 30 people volunteered with us. Thank you.

Our first training day on April 18th 2013 helped 28 monitoring volunteers to develop their identification skills around speedwells. The training day was enjoyed by all.The Brecks guidebooks have now been distributed to all volunteers and should help with the identification of the key species we are monitoring.

Support materials for volunteers

  • Breckland ID guide This guide shows you the important rare and endangered plants that conservation action by Plantlife is helping to protect. The easy to use guide helps you identify the species we are monitoring and provides additional information about the Brecks.
  • Monitoring methodology This document illustrates the different ways in which volunteers can get involved in monitoring Breckland plants. We intend to support all people, whatever their prior knowledge, to take part in this initiative. At the training days Tim Pankhurst, Plantlife's conservation officer in the Brecks, will run through the method that is most appropriate for you.
  • Possible survey sites This document shows you the sites where we are looking for volunteers to work with us, being our eyes on the ground and letting us know whether the rare Breckland flora is benefitting from conservation action. Download this document and choose the sites which are convenient for you to get involved in monitoring.