Field Meetings

This summary is of BSBI field meetings this year, including all national meetings and some of the meetings held across the country by county recorders and local groups. Please also check your county page for more details of meetings in your area. The summary  is updated regularly by Field Meetings Secretary Jon Shanklin, so please check here for any changes to published schedules. Details for national field and indoor meetings are given in full below. 

Please click on these links to find out more about the BSBI Recorders' Conference, BSBI Annual Exhibition Meeting and BSBI Annual Summer Meeting.  

Meetings 2016

Details for some meetings are provisional and subject to change. A few additional meetings may still be planned. Updates and full details will be posted when available. Meetings additional to those published in the Yearbook are: November 5 (v.c. 88).  Meetings with updates are: November 5.  Meetings with changed dates are: none.  Cancelled meetings are: none.


Saturday 5th November (General)

Scottish Annual Meeting

SNH Battleby, Perth (v.c. 88)

The 2016 BSBI / BSS Scottish Annual Meeting will be held at SNH Battleby Conference Centre, Perth.  This is a lovely venue in beautiful Perthshire countryside, just off the A9 and with easy parking.  It is also just 5 miles from Perth’s bus and intercity railway stations, by taxi.  Around the comfortable main auditorium there is lots of circulation space that is ideally suited to displaying botanical exhibits and a number of small break-out rooms where we plan to hold a series of mini-workshops.  There will be a varied program of interesting short talks.  Following on from Ken Thompson’s excellent main talk on Aliens in the British Flora in 2015, we will have another great speaker, Professor Mick Crawley giving a very different talk on the same subject.  For more information and to book click here, or complete and return the flyer with BSBI News.  Then put the date in your diary!


Saturday 12th November (Specialist/Training)

Euphrasia Workshop for Improvers: National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin (v.c. H21)

Leader: Chris Metherell

This is the second of two training meetings in 2016 at National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

The workshop is aimed at those who have already attended one of Chris' workshops on Euphrasia, particularly those who attended the workshop at the Botanic Gardens in February 2016. This will be a chance to build on the introduction provided in a beginners’ workshop. We shall revise the commoner species, look at species with a specific Irish connection and spend some time looking at hybrids. Do bring along specimens you have collected over the summer with your identifications for confirmation.

Meet at 10.30am at the herbarium/library building in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland. You can bring a packed lunch but a restaurant is available onsite. Numbers will be limited to 12 so please book early.

Further details will be sent out to those booking with the Irish Officer, Maria Long


Saturday 26th November (General)

Annual Exhibition Meeting and AGM

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford (v.c. 23)

There will be a mix of short talks, displays, posters and book stalls and the chance to meet friends, colleagues and other botanists. All welcome, whether members or non-members. More info here: For further details of the programme, how to get there, food and drink etc. - and to book - please use this link. Or you can email us via this address




Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March (Training)

Recorders' Workshop

Kindrogan, Perthshire (v.c. 89)

With sessions on plants and plant ID using early fresh material and herbarium material, as well as sessions on technology. Details when available. For more information and to book e-mail Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer,


Friday 9th to Monday 12th June (General/Recording) (Dates TBC)

Annual Summer Meeting and Welsh AGM

Flintshire (v.c. 51)

Planning is underway for the meeting to be held in Flintshire, a small county with a wide range of habitat types.  There will be a coach excursion, tetrad recording, talks, ID sessions and the Welsh AGM.



Our field meetings are a great way to get involved in  botany. Most are open to anyone, although members have priority.

If you want to book on a meeting, please contact the leader well in advance because they will fill up - do not just turn up on the day. The field meeting list on this page is the most up-to-date version, superceding the one in BSBI News. 

Country Field Secretaries

Ireland: John Conaghan

Scotland: Angus Hannah

Wales: Sarah Stille