Welsh Officer

Polly Spencer-Vellacott is the BSBI's Welsh Officer, providing support to vice-county recorders and other active BSBI members in Wales. This can include support in relation to using computers and MapMate to manage data, or in planning a recording strategy.

Polly can be contacted on 0300 0653 893 or 07967 820305.

Visit her blog or *NEW* scroll down to download her latest newsletter. 

Dryopteris course (1st-2nd October)

Plas Tan-y-Bwlch, Maentwrog. If you have already booked this course by emailing Polly you can pay the course fee here, but please note that THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Please do not pay unless you have already received confirmation that your booking was accepted. We hope to offer this course again in 2017 so watch this space.

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Glynhir Recording Week 2017

*NEW* Bookings now open for the Glynhir Recording Week, Carms. (VC44) Monday 26th June to Monday 3rd July 2017

Leaders Kath and Richard Pryce

The week-long annual Carmarthenshire Recording and Monitoring Meeting will include visits to well-botanised sites as well as areas in need of additional recording within the county.  The meeting will cater for both experienced and inexperienced botanists and will provide an opportunity for the informal development of identification skills.  Arrangements will be flexible, some days the group will stay as one body, other days smaller groups will visit different sites to monitor scarce species or update tetrads not visited recently.  Day outings will be tailored to individual needs to cover all fitness abilities.

Glynhir Mansion – Glynhir Road, Llandybie, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire – is located about 2km east of Llandybie on the western flank of the Black Mountain at SN640151. The River Loughor runs through the estate and at one point plunges over a 10m waterfall into a rocky gorge where Dryopteris aemula, Hymenophyllum tunbrigense and Asplenium trichomanes ssp. trichomanes are among the ferns growing on the cliffs.  There will be ample opportunity in the timetable to visit the site. Large parkland trees provide the setting to the mansion, including Tilia cordata, and there remains much scope for further discoveries to be made in the vicinity.

The mansion and estate is run by the Jenkins family and provides first class but relaxed facilities including a large common room for evening identification and discussion sessions.

The cost of the week from lunchtime on 26th June to breakfast on 3rd July, including bed, breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals, will be approximately £500.00 (based upon 2013 prices) and will be limited to about 15 participants. Accommodation for part of the week will be charged pro rata.  A limited number of en suite rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis

You can book directly with Glynhir at but please make initial bookings with the leaders at the email address below as soon as possible, preferably by the end of January. A 35% deposit will be required by Glynhir on booking.

Initial bookings to Mr & Mrs R.D. Pryce, Trevethin, School Road, Pwll, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4AL.     Mobile phone no. 07900 241371

Vice-County Recorder Reports

Welsh Bulletin

For back issues, go to the bottom of this page.

The Bulletin is produced twice a year and contains articles and news items of interest and importance to Wales. Here is a taster of the latest one.

Welsh members of the BSBI automatically receive a copy of the BSBI Welsh Bulletin. Most back issues are still available on request (originals, black and white photocopies or electronic  versions) at £2 per issue, please contact either Sally Whyman or Katherine Slade.

News, articles and accompanying photographs for the Welsh Bulletin are very welcome. The editors are Richard Pryce, Katherine Slade, Sally Whyman.

Records for publication in Welsh Bulletin should be submitted using the form below (Excel format).

Record submission form.  

Welsh Officer's Newsletter

Species Symposium

BSBI was represented at the Species Symposium on 10th September organised by Cofnod (the North Wales Environmental Records Centre) and the Snowdonia National Park Authority). There were Society and Recording Scheme display stands, interesting lectures, recording equipment demonstrations and fieldwork. A day to learn about a wide range of species in one place! More information here

Welsh AGM 2016

Brecon, 12-15 July

To book, visit the Brecknockshire page

PDF downloads of Welsh Bulletin