Scroll down to find out about a range of botanical books published by BSBI, including:

  • John Poland's Twig Key - due out Dec. 2018
  • The Hybrid Flora of the British Isles;
  • A Vascular Plant Red List for England;
  • our series of BSBI Handbooks for difficult plants.

We currently publish four periodicals:

  • our new scientific journal British & Irish Botany; 
  • our membership newsletter BSBI News;
  • our monthly eNews for all botanical recorders;
  • our Yearbook for members.
  • BSBI Handbooks for difficult plant groups

News about BSBI publications

*NEW* The January 2019 issue of eNews is out! Scroll down to download your copy.

*NEW* The website for British & Irish Botany, our new open access scientific journal which replaces New Journal of Botany, is now live. Find out more here.

*NEW* John Poland's Twig Key has now been published and copies are being mailed out during the first week of December.

The pre-publication offer (for BSBI members only) for BSBI Handbook #18 Eyebrights of Britain and Ireland - closed at midnight on Thursday 31st May. More about the book here.

10th May: BSBI has just reprinted the very popular Threatened Plants in Britain and Ireland by Kevin Walker, Pete Stroh & Bob Ellis (the BSBI Science Team). The book was initially published in November 2017 and the first print run sold out within a few weeks. Based on survey work carried out over five years under the Threatened Plants Project by more than 800 BSBI members, the book considers the fortunes of 50 British wild flowers. Read an interview with lead author Kevin Walker here.

Throughout April and May 2018, Summerfield Books will be offering a further discount on the BSBI Viola Handbook to tie in with Viola-themed field meetings in Wales and Ireland. Watch this space for more details!

The Discovery of the Native Flora of Britain & Ireland by David Pearman was published in November 2017 and again there is a pre-publication offer available to BSBI members only. Read an interview with David here.

The pre-publication offer for BSBI Handbook No. 17: Violets (2017) has now closed but you can buy the Handbook from Summerfield Books and other natural history booksellers at the full price of £15.

A BSBI Handbooks on Lady's-mantles is also in preparation. We will let you know details of the pre-publication offer for BSBI members on this page and via BSBI News. Scroll down this page to find out more about BSBI Handbooks.

BSBI Periodicals

On this page you can find out about BSBI periodicals:

  • our monthly eNews for botanical recorders: now available to members and non-members alike - scroll down to download your copy;
  • our membership newsletter BSBI News: posted to BSBI members three times each year;
  • our new scientific journal British & Irish Botany, launching at the end of 2018;
  • the BSBI Yearbook, sent every January to BSBI members;
  • New Journal of Botany: online access for BSBI members and institutional subscribers to papers published 2011-2017.

BSBI eNews editor Jim says: "If you'd like to receive a copy of eNews by email straight to your Inbox each month, please use this link to opt-in. We only hold the information requested in order to send you the publication. We will treat your information as confidential, hold it securely and will never pass it on to third parties. The lawful basis for processing this data is defined under GDPR regulations as contractual. You can request to see the data we hold on you at any time and we will remove you from our systems and discontinue contact at your request: just email and mark your email 'Unsubscribe'."

BSBI Yearbook

We also publish the BSBI Yearbook, available only to members of the society. The Yearbook includes reports of field meetings, obituaries of notable British & Irish botanists and full contact details for all BSBI's County Recorders and expert plant Referees. 

Publications Grants

BSBI makes small grants available towards the publication of County Floras, check-lists and the like, typically £2000. Application forms are available from the Chair of Publications Committee, Mr John Poland, 91, Ethelburt Av., Swaythling, Southampton, SO16 3DF. 

Corrigenda pages

Errors that have been spotted in various publications are listed here, partly so readers can correct their books, and partly to deter people from telling the authors about any mistakes that they already know about. The following publications are covered so far:

  • Plant Crib
  • Atlas of British & Irish Hawkweeds
  • British Alpine Hawkweeds
  • Flora of Monmouthshire
  • Flora of Cardiganshire
  • New Flora of the British Isles, ed 3.

Download the Corrigenda document.

Wild Flower Key corrigenda 

Plant Records

The New Journal of Botany published significant plant records from Britain and Ireland, collated by Plant Records Editor Mike Porter

Plant Records Form 2013

Books from the BSBI

Our agent for sales of BSBI Handbooks, Conference Reports and other botanical books is Paul O’Hara of Summerfield Books. Contact Paul to sign up for Summerfield Books' quarterly newsletter.

BSBI members can get discounts on various publications by logging in to the members’ section of Summerfield Books' web site. Email us if you can't remember your password.

Buy our publications

The Hybrid Flora is available from Summerfield Books. The three co-authors of the Hybrid Flora were awarded the Engler Silver Medal in recognition of their outstanding achievement. More here.

The England Red List is available to buy from Summerfield Books and is also available as a free download here.

BSBI Handbooks

The following BSBI Handbooks have been published (visit Summerfield Books for sales):

  1. Sedges. 2007. Jermy, Simpson, Foley & Porter.
  2. Umbellifers. 1980. T.G. Tutin. (Out of print).
  3. Docks and Knotweeds. 2014. J.R. Akeroyd.
  4. Willows and Poplars. 1984. R.D. Meikle.
  5. Charophytes. 1986. J.A. Moore.
  6. Crucifers. 1991. T.C.G. Rich.
  7. Roses. 1993. Graham & Primavesi.
  8. Pondweeds. 1995. C.D. Preston.
  9. Dandelions. 1997. Dudman & Richards.
  10. Sea Beans & Nickar Nuts. 2000. E.C. Nelson.
  11. Water Starworts of Europe. 2008. R.V. Lansdown.
  12. Fumitories. 2009. R.J. Murphy.
  13. Grasses. 2009. Cope & Gray.
  14. Whitebeams. 2010. T.C.G. Rich et al.
  15. British Northern Hawkweeds. 2011. Rich & Scott.
  16. Evening-primroses. 2016. R.J. Murphy.
  17. Violas. 2017. M. Porter & M. Foley.
  18. Eyebrights. 2018. C. Metherell & F. Rumsey.


BSBI News is for short contributions of topical interest. It is there for members who have something interesting or informative that they would like to share with others, and is meant to be the place for the ‘ordinary’ member to express her or his opinions.

BSBI News appears three times a year, in January, April and September. It is mailed to all members and can also be downloaded from our members-only page (password required). Back issues are available to everybody via our Publications Archive.

Submission of material

Contributors may wish to download and read through the guidance below before sending material to Andrew Branson:


This  Adverts document (2018) gives details of rates for advertisers, and instructions and deadlines for including flyers and advertisements.

British & Irish Botany

This is BSBI's new open access scientific journal, which replaces New Journal of Botany. The first issue is scheduled for publication in December 2018. The British & Irish Botany website is here and you can find out more here about how to register as a reader and view content or how to submit a paper.

Ian in herbmBSBI members and other potential authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts to British & Irish Botany for immediate publication and for inclusion in an annual volume.

Once you've registered (very quick and easy!), you can either use the very simple and straightforward online submission system or send your manuscript to the Editorial Office and we'll do it all for you.

If you'd like to know more, or wish to discuss a proposal before submission, please contact Editor-in-Chief Dr Ian Denholm and Editorial Assistant Louise Marsh at the Editorial Office. Or go straight to the B&IB guidance for authors page. If you hit any problems, you can phone the Editorial Office and we'll be happy to help.

New Journal of Botany

NJB Cover 2014

This was the academic journal of the BSBI, published on our behalf by Taylor & Francis. It launched in 2011 and ceased publication at the end of 2017, but all issues are still available to download.

NJB Online (for members only). Email us if you need the password or if you run into any problems accessing papers.

NJB carried peer-reviewed scientific papers on:

  • population and conservation biology
  • ecological genetics
  • autecological, physiological and phenological studies
  • phytogeography, floristics, distribution and recording
  • taxonomy, systematics and evolution
  • plant/animal interactions, including plant biochemistry
  • history of botany
  • general or historical botany.

The New Journal of Botany was launched in 2011 under the editorship of Dr Richard Gornall and published by Maney Publishing. It replaced the journal Watsonia, but followed the tradition of Watsonia and should be seen as a continuation and enhancement of our previous journal, not a replacement. In 2016, we welcomed Taylor & Francis as our new publisher and Dr Ian Denholm as our new Editor-in-Chief. New Joural of Botany ceased publication at the end of 2017, to be replaced by British & Irish Botany.

The full run of Watsonia, from  1949 to 2010, is available on the BSBI’s digital publications archive. The Society is grateful to all the authors, editors and reviewers who have contributed to Watsonia and New Journal of Botany over the years.

Book Reviews

BSBI News publish reviews of botanical books - New Journal of Botany also carried book reviews.

BSBI's Book Reviews editor is Dr John Edmondson and he would welcome books for review, which should be sent to John at: Long Chase Farm, Sundawn Avenue, Holywell, Flintshire CH8 7BH.

Reminder that if you wish to access back copies of periodicals such as Watsonia and BSBI News, simply scroll down any page on this website and in the footer you will see a link to the BSBI Publications Archive. Click on that link and follow the links to download the issue or paper of your choice. Please email me if you find any broken links or can't see what you want!