Wildflower Explorers – going on a flower hunt!

By Kaska

A photo of Jennifer and Eilish holding wildflower twig looms
Eilish and Jennifer showing off their twig looms with Wildflower Hunt collections

The sky cleared just in time for our Earth Explorers session last Wednesday so that Jennifer and Eilish enjoyed their wildflower hunt in the sunshine, and even managed to keep their feet dry (mostly).

Before we set off on our wildflower picking adventures, we prepared twig looms to collect and show off our favourite finds (Jennifer thought that her triangle loom with red and green yarn could double up as a fantastic Christmas decoration).

We followed these instructions for the loom:

Once our collection looms were ready, we grabbed our Great British Wildflower Hunt spotter sheets and went for a stroll around the Garden to see how many flowers we could find. We snacked on the fruiting hedge’s currants, raspberries and gooseberries to keep us going…
The hunt was a success! We found 4 of the species on the Country Wildflower Hunter list and 10 on the Urban one. We chose to use both spotter sheets because we could not decide if the Garden area was more in the Countryside or in the Town category…From our collections it looks like it’s more of a town though!
The Explorers enjoyed learning to recognise and name the wildflowers, discovering their favourites and weaving them into their looms.
We uploaded our results onto the Wildflower Hunt project website to put the Garden on the map. We hope this will help Plantlife scientists make sure the wildflowers stop disappearing from our landscapes so that people and wild critters can still enjoy them in the future.
A screen capture of the Wildflower Hunt Result Map from Plantlife website
Here we are on the Wildflower Hunt map! You can explore all of the results on the project page here.
You can find out more about Wildflower Hunt and download your own flower hunter spotter sheets from Plantlife website here. You can also try an online version of the form which has lots more information about each flower and activities you can try too.
Can you beat our scores?

This wildflower explorers session was the fourth of our Earth Explorers summer series for children aged 8-12. Earth Explorers run on Wednesday afternoons, 2-4:30pm, from 5 July to 9th of August. Please book by contacting Jenny on volunteer@tayportgarden.org or 07956067070.

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