Recording and submitting rare plant records:
By recording locations of the target species and taking a few simple measurements, you can help to establish their current distribution and status within the Cairngorms National Park.
If you find one of the target species, please record the following information:
- What – Name of the plant you have discovered.*
- Who – Name of the recorder(s).
- When – Date on which the record was made.
- Where – Grid reference (10-figure from GPS or 6-figure from OS map) and a brief description of the location and any key landmarks (e.g. on the east side of the track to Loch Muick, beside large boulder approx. 2 metres from the track edge).
- Habitat – Brief description of the habitat (e.g. pinewood, birch wood, juniper scrub, heathland, grassland, road verge etc).
- Population size and flowering – Count or estimate the total number of rosettes and flowering spikes in the population. For Twinflower describe the density of shoots and flowering (eg. sparse cover of shoots over extensive area, very few flowers).
- Extent – Length and breadth of the population (by pacing or using a measuring tape).
*If you are not certain of your identification then please send a photograph (a close-up of the flowers and leaves is most helpful).
Please send your records to:
Dr Andy Scobie (Project Officer)
Postal address: Cairngorms Rare Plants Project, c/o Scottish Natural Heritage,
Achantoul, Aviemore, Inverness-shire, PH22 1QD.