By Julia Dance 1st September 2021

We asked nature enthusiast and wildlife spotter, Lauren, for inspiration and advice for new nature spotters!

Tufted Saxifrage

Q: What’s the best thing you’ve seen?

A: One of my favourite nature finds was a rare and understated little plant, the Tufted Saxifrage. This species likes to live in rocky, mountainous environments. Mountain dwelling plants are not so easy to find but you are often rewarded with a spectacular view.

Q: What would you still like to see?

A: The great thing about plant spotting is the diversity and there are still so many species I would love to see! One of those has to be Pasqueflower, this bright purple showy flower appears for a short window early in the year, on chalk grassland in mid and south England. I never seem to be in the right place at the right time to catch this beautiful species!

Q: What top tip would you give to someone new to nature spotting?

A: Starting out can be overwhelming as there is so much to see and learn, however that is what also makes it so exciting. My top tip would be to take your time, immerse yourself in a habitat and observe the differences in the species around. Taking lots of pictures as well as some field sketching can be a great way to start your nature spotting journey.

Flowers, ferns and fungi…get the guides!

If you’re out and about looking at plants and flowers and want to know what you’re looking at, grab one of our fold-out identification guides. There are over 25 guides featuring 100s of flowers, ferns, fungi and other plants to spot this Autumn and beyond!