Scottish Botanists’ Conference

Scottish Botanists' Conference 2023

This year’s Scottish Botanists’ Conference will be held at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Saturday 4th November. A diverse programme will include talks on Plant Atlas 2020 and its impact, rare plant introductions for conservation and the recently updated Caledonian Pinewood Inventory, along with hands-on identification and training workshops.

We welcome everyone who is interested in Scottish botany, and you don't need to be a BSBI member to attend. You also don't need to be a botanical expert or a professional botanist - beginners are particularly welcome!

A booking page will soon be made available, but in the meantime if you have any queries please contact Matt Harding, BSBI Scotland Officer, and watch this space...

Scottish Botanists' Conference 2022

150 people enjoyed this year’s Scottish Botanists’ Conference, at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Saturday 5 November. The two main talks by Clifton Bain and Shaila Rao were very popular. There was also a great variety of other short talks, workshops, exhibits and posters, the Scottish AGM, the Photographic Competition and, of course, Summerfield Books!

The event was face-to-face but we recorded the talks and here they are:

Rainforests and Peatlands: Travels around Scotland's most threatened habitats - Clifton Bain, Advisor to the IUCN UK Peatland Programme
What can you do with a completely sequenced flora? - Alex Twyford, University of Edinburgh
Vascular Epiphytes in Easter Ross - Brian Ballinger, BSBI & BSS
Update from Botanical Society of Scotland - Jill Thompson, BSS President
The Scottish Officer year - Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer
Plantlife Scotland update and plans - Alistair Whyte, Head of Plantlife Scotland
From The Bird's Mouth / Bho Bheul an Eòin - Derek Roberston
Plant Conservation at Mar Lodge National Nature Reserve - Shaila Rao, Conservation Manager, NTS Mar Lodge
Presentation to mark Jim McIntosh's retirement - by Lynne Farrell, BSBI President

There were also tours of the RBGE Herbarium & Library and six mini-workshops:

We had over 28 posters and exhibits and here are the Exhibition Abstracts.

Scottish Botanists' Conference 2021

An amazing 380 people registered for the online Scottish Botanists' Conference on the 6th November, with 240 viewers for the most popular talks. We had a great day of truly inspirational talks. Who knew that Seagrass meadows around our shores were so important for carbon sequestration? And that while some arctic-alpines are faring really well after 40 years of monitoring on Ben Lawers, others are not? There was a fascinating talk on Beinn Eighe, currently celebrating its 70th anniversary, and a beautifully illustrated talk on searching for rare arctic-alpines in West Affric. All this was followed by two great workshops - one on Larch ID and another on Polypody ID.

Check out the Scottish Botanists' Conference 2021 site, where you can watch recordings of the talks and workshops and peruse the exhibition and the BSBI Photographic Competition.

Scottish Botanists' Conference 2020

The Scottish Botanists' Conference was held online in 2020. We had an exciting programme of talks, workshops and exhibits spread over the weekend of Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November - all online and recorded. We've uploaded all the talks to YouTube and the exhibits can be viewed online.