Summer Meeting

The Annual Summer Meeting is the big field meeting of the year for the whole of the BSBI. It moves around the regions of the BSBI to give people a chance to see different habitats and flowers. It is open to everyone – you don’t have to be a BSBI member or an experienced botanist. The ASM is a great opportunity to see some fabulous wildflowers in beautiful habitats and in the company of friendly botanists from across Britain and Ireland.

Annual Summer Meeting 2018

Monday 16th to Monday 23rd July

The 2018 Summer Meeting will be based at King William's College, Castletown on the Isle of Man. The meeting will include site visits, recording outings, hunts for rare species, talks and ID sessions. It is also a joint meeting with the British Bryological Society, so there will be a chance to learn about mosses, liverworts and hornworts.  A flyer will appear on this page early in the New Year, and will be included with the April issue of BSBI's membership newsletter. Links to various travel options are given  here and we hope to be able to link up members to reduce costs.

Annual Summer Meeting 2017

Monday 5th to Friday 9th May: Holywell, Flintshire

The 2017 Summer Meeting was based at the Stamford Gate Hotel in Holywell, Flintshire (VC51). The meeting aimed to help recording in the county for Atlas 2020, but also included site visits to coastal dunes and limestone grassland. There were exhibits, a bookstall, after dinner talks and ID sessions and an opportunity to socialise. You can read daily reports from the Summer Meeting on the BSBI News & Views blog, posted each evening by Organiser Jon Shanklin, BSBI's Field Meetings Secretary. BSBI members will be able to read how successful the week was and how much fun participants had by reading an account in the January 2018 issue of BSBI News

Annual Summer Meeting 2016

Thursday 19th to Monday 23rd May: Lowland Cumbria

The 2016 Summer Meeting was based at the Field Studies Council Blencathra Centre near Keswick in Cumbria. The meeting introduced participants to the flora of lowland Cumbria by a mix of site visits, talks, workshops and tetrad and site recording. After dinner each evening, there were talks to set the scene or identification workshops to discuss interesting or difficult specimens found during the day. You can read daily reports from the Summer Meeting on the BSBI News & Views blog here, here and here, posted each evening by Organiser Jon Shanklin, BSBI's Field Meetings Secretary. One of the main aims of the meeting was to help fill in some of the blank squares in the vice-county. BSBI members can read how successful we were and how much fun participants had by reading the account in the 2017 Yearbook.

Suggestions of things to bring to a Summer Meeting:

  • Hand lens
  • GPS (if you have one)
  • Your preferred ID book(s)
  • Lunch and a drink
  • Sunblock
  • Waterproofs

If you have any queries please contact fieldmeetings@bsbi.org