A new citizen science project, Orchid Observers has been launched by Zooniverse and the Natural History Museum as part of the AHRC Large Grant Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st centuries. The project will look at the impact of climate change on the flowering time of UK orchids.

This new project asks citizen scientists to take part by taking photographs of wild orchids during spring and summer 2015 and uploading them to the project website. Participants can also help by carrying out online research to identify uploaded orchid photographs and to extract data from the Natural History Museum’s 15,000 specimens gathered over the past 300 years. By examining the results of the photographic and online research, scientists can look at flowering times from past and present to assess the effects of climate change.

For further information on the project and how to take part, please visit the Zooniverse and Natural History Museum websites.

The Orchid Observers project has also been featured on BBC Earth http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150520-orchid-spotters-help-map-climate-change