VOLUNTEERS from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust have been increasing their flower power thanks to a grant from the Wild Flower Society.

The national society gave a grant of £250 to the Worcestershire conservation charity in order to train some of their volunteers in wildflower identification.

The training, which was held at the trust’s Boynes Coppice nature reserve near Upton, allows the volunteers to take a more active role in surveying and monitoring species.

Conservation officer David Molloy said: “This training has allowed some of our keenest volunteers to spend quality time with a trainer to really get to grips with identifying wildflowers.

“It’s really important that we know what plants are growing on what nature reserves so that we know how best to manage them. The plants support so many other species so it’s vital that we get this right.

“Knowing where plants are and how well they are doing also allows us to track trends and to see if factors like climate change are having an impact on our natural world here in Worcestershire.”