2015 - Wildflowers of Ireland
Many Irish wildflowers only apper in flower for a short period of time so it is important to get out and about from early Spring to late autumn.
As with all aspects of species identification, it is important to develop the skill of looking carefully.
Paradoxically, cameras can stop you for looking correctly for identification features.
There are many excellent books on wildflower identification available, some photographic based, other use illustrations (usually watercolours) and some are driven totally on the use of a key. Beginners probably need to have both a photographic and illustration guide.
There are also many Facebook pages dedicated to wildflower identification. To develop your skills using these Facebook resources it is important to try and identify the plant yourself first and then to ask for help, rather than just upload a photo and ask for its identification.
And don't forget to plot your sighting on this web site (Biology.ie) or at the NDBC web site.
How to improve your Irish wildflower identification
(1) Use a magnifying-glass - 10x is an good magnification - and view as much detail as you can
(2) Take several photos from different angles as these can be useful later when reading up about the plant
(3) Keep in mind that the scent of some plants can be a help to identification.
(4) A small ruler is also very useful to photograph alongside the flower as it's sometimes hard to remember the size afterward.
(5) Always bring your wildflower guide-book to the plant and not the other way around.
***Remember you can use My sightings (large green button above or tab at the top of the page) to keep track of your own sightings.***
Good luck developing your identification skills.