About BSBI

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Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland

The BSBI is for everyone who is interested in the flora of Britain and Ireland. We trace our origins back to 1836, when the society was founded as the Botanical Society of London.

From our earliest days we have welcomed both professional and amateur members: BSBI remains the biggest and most active organisation devoted to the study of botany in Britain, Ireland, the Channel Isles and the Isle of Man. Our training, outreach and research programmes continue to support botanists at all skill levels.

An education programme supported by BSBI aims to bring high quality botanical training within the reach of all, from A Level students to professional development and postgraduate courses and qualifications. Scientific research on British botany is supported by our staff and officers, and through our research grants scheme, while our outreach activities help us reach new audiences and attract the next generation of botanists

The BSBI produces national Atlases and county Floras of the distribution of plants. We publish the New Journal of Botany and hold conferences, workshops, indoor and field meetings. Members are kept informed by a newsletter three times a year and are invited to make use of our system of County Recorders and national referees who can help with the identification of plants.

Our mission

To advance the study, understanding and enjoyment of wild plants and support their conservation in Britain and Ireland. We do this through:

Providing a forum for botanists to communicate and exchange ideas through meetings, conferences, publications and electronic media.

Training the next generation of botanists through courses, field meetings, grants and educational materials.

Supporting the research and study of plants in Britain and Ireland through our network of county recorders, the work of our staff, access to data, and through grants.

Working with people in other organisations and other countries to encourage communication and collaboration in pursuit of shared objectives.

Our Strategic Plan sets out BSBI’s direction and aims.

The Articles of Association of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland is the document that sets out what the charity does and how it is governed. It replaces the Rules (2011) of the Botanical Society of the British Isles.

Can you support our work?

You can make a donation to the BSBI using the buttons below from your PayPal account or credit/debit card. You can also use this facility if  you need to make an ad hoc payment to BSBI for any other reason, e.g. print copies of New Journal of Botany. 

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Changes to BSBI

On 24 November 2012, the members of the Botanical Society of the British Isles voted to approve the formation of a company limited by guarantee, the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, to take over its assets and activities following its incorporation and registration as a charity with the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.  The company was incorporated on 3 June 2013 and on 18 July 2013 was registered as a charity in England and Wales by the Charity Commission. It is also listed in Scotland. 

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