BSBI / BSS Scottish Annual Meeting 2016

*NEW* Book now for the 2016 Scottish Annual Meeting (SAM) which will be held on Saturday the 5th of November at SNH Battleby Conference Centre, Perth. 

This lovely venue is in beautiful Perthshire countryside, just off the A9 and with easy parking.  It’s also just 5 miles from Perth’s intercity railway and bus stations.  There will be the usual varied programme of interesting exhibits, short talks and workshops followed by a talk on Aliens in the British Flora by Professor Mick Crawley.  Put the date in your diary now!

Please click here for more information and to book.

2016 Scottish field meetings programme

  • June 11-18, v.c. 77, Crawfordjohn, Angus Hannah
  • June 24-27, v.c. 105, Ullapool, Duncan Donald
  • June 25, v.c. 88, Cam Chreag, Tyndrum, John Holland: joint BSS alpine
  • July 2, v.c. 106, Dingwall , Brian Ballanger/Mary Dean
  • July 9, v.c. 87, Doune ponds, Liz Lavery/Jane Jones
  • July 16, v.c. 99, Ben Vorlich, John Holland/Pam Murdoch
  • July 23-24, v.c. 72, Grey Mare’s Tail , Chris Miles
  • July 25-26, v.c. 79/80 Hawick, Jeff Waddell
  • July 31-Aug 7, v.c. 112, Scalloway, Shetland, Jim McIntosh
  • Aug 6-12, v.c. 110, Lewis, based on board boat, Paul Smith
  • Aug 13, v.c. 87, Balquhidder, Jane Jones/Liz Lavery
  • Euphrasia workshops will be led by Chris Metherell in Killin (Loch Tay) on July 2nd and 3rd. Please contact Jim McIntosh or check Yearbook for details.

>> Full details of the field meetings (please also  keep an eye on the full meetings programme in case of any changes).

BSBI / BSS Scottish Annual Meeting 2015

A very successful and enjoyable meeting was held in November at RBGE. 141 members enjoyed some great talks – including a very amusing and provocative main talk by Dr Ken Thompson, on the place of Aliens in the British Flora - and a great variety of exhibits from around Scotland and beyond.  A full report will appear in the BSBI Scottish Newsletter in April along with exhibit abstracts.

*NEW* Rare Plant Registers have been published for Ayrshire and for Dumfriesshire and can be downloaded from this page

BSBI Scottish Conferences

Enter the BSBI Photographic Competition 2016!

The 2016 BSBI Photographic Competition has just two simple and very broad categories: 1) Rare species and 2) Common species.

Photographs should be taken in Britain or Ireland and should be of flowering plants, conifers, ferns, horsetails, club-mosses or stoneworts. But they don’t have to be taken during 2016 and you don’t have to enter both categories. We had over 220 entries last year and struggled to display them all. Consequently this year we will limit the number of images per category to two.

We may also have to appoint judges to select a short list to put to a popular vote by those attending the Scottish Annual Meeting at Battleby, Perth on 5th November 2016. This will make voting and vote counting simpler and give us more time to prepare the prizewinning announcement.

1. Send your entries to Natalie Harmsworth by 21st Oct 2016.
2. Photograph file names should comprise entrant’s name, competition category and photograph title, e.g. John Smith Rare Species Maiden Pink, Girrick. Please submit the largest possible files sizes – though files over 10MB should be sent via Dropbox and not by email.
3. Copyright of images will remain with the photographer.
4. However the BSBI claims the right to exhibit the entries, and to use them to further its aims generally and to promote the BSBI and its photography competition.
5. The BSBI also claims the right to edit or use images in combination with others.

BSBI Scottish Officer Jim McIntosh says: Remember play makes it possible! 

BSBI / Plantlife Identifying Plant Families Workshops

Four workshops were held across Scotland in 2016. The exact dates and venues for 2017 have not been finalised yet but there will be two workshops in May, in Glasgow and Ayrshire, and – by popular request – a new one on grasses for beginners which will be held in Edinburgh in July. There will also be two field meetings specially for workshop participants and other beginners/improvers.

Beginners are welcome to attend these workshops which aim to teach how to identify wild flowers through recognising their families. The workshops also help to build confidence in using identifications keys.  These highly acclaimed workshops are led by Dr Faith Anstey, assisted by BSBI tutors, and consist of a Saturday morning in the classroom and much of the afternoon out in the field.  More time is spent practising new-found field skills on the Sunday morning immediately afterwards (from 10am to 1pm).

Further details will be posted once they are available. You can read an account of a Plant Families Workshop here