Field Meetings

This summary is of all BSBI meetings and those run by county recorders and local groups. It is updated regularly by Jon Shanklin, so please check here for any changes to published schedules. Details for national field meetings are given in full below. 

Please click on the 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: none.  Meetings with changed dates are: none.  Cancelled meetings are: none.


Saturday 13th August (Recording)

Balquhidder (v.c. 87)

Leaders: Jane Jones and Liz Lavery

Balquhidder is famous for the grave of Rob Roy in the local church yard. However, on the botanical side, there is a decided lack of records for the local area post 2000. The aim of the day would be to rectify this situation, exploring the village, Stronvar Marshes SSSI at the eastern end of Loch Voil and if time allows walking along the south shore of the loch. The SSSI supports an exceptionally rich assemblage of aquatic and emergent plants. The flora includes five plant species which are nationally scarce in their distribution: Carex aquatilis (Water Sedge), Elatine hexandra (Six-stamened Waterwort), Lysimachia thyrsiflora (Tufted Loosestrife), Nuphar pumila (Least Water-lily) and Subularia aquatica (Awlwort).

Bookings to:- Jane Jones, Cuilvona Cottage, Loch Ard Road, Aberfoyle, FK8 3TQ. Email:-


Saturday 13th August (General)

Drumnaph Community Nature Reserve, Co. Londonderry (v.c. H40)

Leader: Dave Riley

At this Drumnaph Nature Reserve recording will take place in a range of varied habitats including unimproved marginal land, woodland and bog.

Meet at 10.30 am in the car park at C837039, signposted as Drumnaph Community Nature Reserve on Halfgayne Road, NW of Maghera. Please bring a packed lunch.


Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August (General/Recording)

South-East Galway (v.c. H15)

Leader: Micheline Sheehy Skeffington

The main aim of this meeting will be to explore raised bog and associated wetland habitats in the south east of the county.

Please contact Micheline at to confirm your attendance and lest there be any change of plans.


Sunday 28th August (Training)

Ferns Training Workshop

Froghall, Staffordshire (v.c. 39)

Leader: Martin Godfrey

This is a meeting for anyone who wishes to either start learning about, or improve their knowledge of, the more widely distributed ferns. The valley and woods above Froghall have a range of habitats from streamside to quite dense woodland and hold a good range of fern species including some of the more difficult species in the genus “Dryopteris” as well as a thriving colony of Phegopteris connectilis (Beech Fern). We will meet in the car park at Froghall (SK027476) at 11:00. Book: Contact: Martin Godfrey by email


Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th September (General/Recording)

Macroom & Further Afield, Co. Cork ( H3, H4 & H5)

Leaders: Clare Heardman and Edwina Cole

The main aim of this four day event will be to generate records from the three Cork vice-counties for Atlas 2020. Thursday and Friday will be spent recording around the Macroom area while Saturday and Sunday will focus on different habitats in the southern sections of H4 and H5. Hopefully it will be a fun-filled and adventurous few days and will provide many opportunities for learning, meeting new members and socialising. Some evening activities are also planned for this special 4-day event. Walking boots/wellingtons, raingear, sunblock and a packed lunch required each day.

Contact Clare at or Edwina at for details of meeting points and times. 


Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September (Specialised/Training)

Recorders Conference

Shrewsbury (v.c. 40)

Last chance to book for this year's BSBI Recorders' Conference - there will be a range of talks and workshops, and a field excursion on Day 3. Full details, programme, info sheet and booking form here.


Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October (Training)

Dryopteris workshop

Plas Tan y Bwlch ( 48, 49 & 50)

Leader: Fred Rumsey

This is a training weekend with the aim of familiarising participants with the genus Dryopteris (buckler ferns and male ferns). We will visit sites in Snowdonia where we expect to see Dryopteris oreades (Mountain Male-fern), and D. expansa (Northern Buckler-fern) as well as the various subspecies of D. affinis (Scaly Male-fern). On Sunday we hope to travel to Denbighshire (v.c. 50) to see, D. submontana (Rigid Buckler-fern). During the course there will be the opportunity to become familiar with the commonest hybrids and the characters used to identify hybridity and herbarium material of all of the British species will be available to consult.

Meet at 10.30am – location to be confirmed. There is the option to stay at Plas Tan-y-Bwlch on Saturday night (and possibly on Friday if desired) and there will probably be the chance to look at specimens on Saturday evening at Plas Tan-y-Bwlch. The costs are £77.20 or £85.20 (ensuite) for 24 hrs to include dinner, bed, breakfast and a packed lunch. Numbers will be limited and please book as soon as possible (by 28th February) to reserve accommodation.

There will be a charge of £15 to cover the costs of this meeting (in addition to accommodation costs)

Further details will be sent out to those booking with Polly Spencer-Vellacott by email: or by post (with s.a.e.): Polly Spencer-Vellacott, BSBI Welsh Officer, c/o NRW, Chester Road, Buckley CH7 3AJ. Tel 03000 653893.


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.  Put the date in your diary now and watch out for the flyer in BSBI News.


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. Full details will be posted here in September and you can contact us and book via this address



Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March (Training)

Recorder’s 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