The Woodland Plant Trail
Plants growing on the forest floor are very important for woodland biodiversity. However, native woodland plants are under threat because of the decline of ancient woodlands, the introduction on non-native plants, and changes in the way woods are managed.
This survey focuses on flowering plants, shrubs and tree saplings that are found in woods in Plymouth. By taking part in this fun survey you will be helping scientists and woodland managers understand more about our woodland plant communities.
Your results will help us to find out what’s growing in our city’s woods, and how woodland management and light levels in the woods affect the plant diversity. This will help us understand how to manage the woods to promote the conservation of native woodland plants, and in turn, bees, butterflies and other wildlife that depends on them.
To take part, download the survey booklet and plant ID guide from the right-hand menu.
Woodland Plant Trail Survey:
You may also want to download the OPAL Tree Guide to help you with the survey here.
Our dead wood survey is currently being updated and will be available again shortly.
You may want to download the OPAL Bugs Count Pocket ID Guide to help you identify dead wood invertebrates here.