New Year Plant Hunt 2016 Irish stats

  • 50 plant lists submitted
  • 235 species recorded in bloom
  • 53 species on the longest list
  • 22 species = average list
  • 18 VCs had data submitted

Well done to all who took part. *NEW* Keep the 1st to the 4th of January 2017 free for the next New Year Plant Hunt!  Email Maria to find out what's happening in your area, follow her on Twitter or keep an eye on our New Year Plant Hunt Twitter feed here

Cork Recording Event

Our main recording event of the year in 2016 was a four-day trip to Cork. Flyer here - just so you can see what you missed! 

The event was really great fun, with targeted recording in some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland, rough crew teams tackling mountains, and evening activities too! We were based in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) village of Ballyvourney, at the beautiful Mills Inn. Here we set up base camp, planned our routes, ate in the evenings, and discussed our finds and mapped our progress.Over the course of the four day event, 37 people took part, many of them local, and nearly 4,000 records were collected. A fantastic event and a fantastic success. Read more about it here, here and here

Irish BSBI Conference 2016

12 & 13 March at the National Botanic Gardens. We had a great conference, with a series of interactive workshops, and a number of great talks. Below are some of the talks for you to download and view.

Mayo Recording event, 27 Jul - 3 Aug 2015

Aimed at helping with recording for Atlas 2020, the Mayo Recording Week 2015 was a phenomenal success! 42 botanists took part, and collected a whopping 10,824 plant records from 132 monads (1x1 kmsqs) in 33 hectads (10x10 kmsqs) all across Co. Mayo in 8 days. It was great fun with lots of new contacts and friends made.

Irish BSBI field meetings

 The 2017 field meetings programme for Ireland is currently being finalised and will be available before Christmas. There will be an exciting line-up of recording events and training days, as well as more traditional BSBI outings also. The map, list and link below let you see what we got up to and where, in 2016.

Irish Species Project (ISP) 2014-15

Work on analysing all the data collected during the ISP is ongoing. We hope to have an article show-casing the findings in Irish Botanical News 2017, which is due in March. 

The ISP has been running over the past two years, and recording cards are almost all in. Work on analysing all the data collected during the ISP is ongoing and updates will be posted here. So far: more than 200 cards received from over 54 participants in 29 VCs.

Click on the links below to see the species profiles (kindly hosted by NBDC):

The Rough Crew

The Rough Crew will record in places that are relatively inaccessible and a challenge to get to, such as remote mountain areas and offshore islands, and have consequently suffered from a lack of recording.

If you like a challenge, are reasonably fit, enjoy remote and wild places, and are an experienced botanist, enthusiastic beginner or somewhere in between, then the Rough Crew is for you.

We have an informal email list - to be included email Rory Hodd: 

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*NEW* A new Red List for the vascular plants of Ireland has just been published and can be downloaded here. The Red List is dedicated to BSBI's County Recorders and the foreword says: "This work could not have been undertaken without the huge contribution made by the BSBI Vice-county Recorders, past and present, whose records, gathered both in the field and from the literature, form the bulk of the BSBI’s Vascular Plant Database and Distribution Database used in this analysis, and who kindly provided them for the Red List project – to them this Red List is sincerely dedicated." 

*NEW* The December 2016 issue of the Irish VCR Newsletter is out! The Newsletter has 12 pages of the latest botanical news from across Ireland and plans for 2017. Scroll down this column to download your copy. 

*NEW* Date for your diary: The annual Irish BSBI Conference will take place in the National Botanic Gardens on Saturday 25th March 2017. Watch out for updates.

The 2017 programme of field meetings is being finalised - watch this space for updates and meanwhile check out the BSBI Meetings Diary. It lists all meetings across Britain & Ireland and is updated weekly.

On the BSBI News & Views blog: read posts by and about Irish botanists such as this one about the recent field meeting held at Drumnaph NR in Co. Derry, or this post from August celebrating C19th botanist Ellen Hutchins; find out here and here how BSBI botanists contributed to the Five Island BioBlitz in June, or read here what happened when Ireland's top national wildlife programme caught up with Maria and the Rough Crew. If you would like to offer a guest blogpost about botany in Ireland, please email Maria to discuss. 

Irish Officer

Maria Long, BSBI Irish Officer, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland.

Telephone: 00 353 87 2578763

Recent Finds

Utricularia australis (below) found by Paul Green in Co. Wexford. First county record since 1937

Recording Centres in Ireland

The National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) is based in Waterford. From their website you can access maps and often details of records.

>> Go to the NBDC website

In Northern Ireland there is the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDAR), which holds more than a million vascular plant records on its databases. The Centre is happy to accept new records. Data cannot be obtained directly from their web site, but is accessible via an Information Request (email or post). Maps are displayed via the Flora of Northern Ireland.

Rare Plant Registers

Atlas 2020

The largest BSBI project running is Atlas 2020 - a full survey of all our vascular plant flora for the period 2000 to 2019. There is a dedicated Atlas page here, and here is a recent talk on 'Gearing up for Atlas 2020'.

Irish Members’ Conference 2014 presentations

Many of the speakers have made their talks available to download. Click on the links below to access them: