Equipment.

Although I have quite a lot of equipment, you only really need 3 things to start flower spotting, that is, a wild flower key, a smart phone with camera and a flower identifying app. It is very important to note that you DO NOT need in any way to do any laborious study to start flower spotting, all you have to do is to get familiar with the ‘lingo’ of plants and flowers. This is accomplished by simply reading the glossary of a wild flower key, such as The Wild Flower Key, by Francis Rose. Reading a glossary will only take a few hours and is the only requirement of flora spotting. Learning the ‘lingo’ of plants and flowers allows you to use wild flower keys which are reference books (not to be read cover to cover), allowing you to read up on the plants you have spotted. What a valuable hobby that gets you into real scientific language with only a few hours reading! To reiterate, a few hours reading and then you are off! I have and use the following equipment for flora spotting:

• The Wild Flower Key, Francis Rose.
• Flora of Great Britain and Ireland, (Volumes 1 – 5), Peter Sell and Gina Murell.
• Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of the British Isles and North Western Europe, Francis Rose.
• The Vegetative Key to the British Flora, John Poland and Eric Clement.
• PlantSnap Plant Identification by PlantSnap, Inc.
• PictureThis – Plant Identifier by Glority LLC.
• ViewRanger: Hike, Ride or Walk by Augmentra.
• Ordnance Survey maps.
• Silva Expedition 54 Compass.
• OMAX 40X-2500X Built-in 1.3MP Digital Camera LED Binocular Compound Microscope with Mechanical Stage.
• Dell Alienware 17 laptop.
• IPhone XR.
• Zhiyun Smooth 4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer.