Date and venue set for 2018 BSBI Exhibition Meeting - scroll down to find out more. Read a report on the 2017 Meeting here; click here to see what visitors have said about previous Exhibition Meetings. Click on links in the 2017 & 2018 Programmes below to download the talks; click on links in the lists of Exhibits to download exhibits and find out more about exhibitors.
Where and when is the Annual Exhibition Meeting?
Each year in November, BSBI holds its Annual Exhibition Meeting (AEM) and the location changes from year to year. All are welcome (member and non-member, beginner and expert) and admission is free. The 2018 Exhibition Meeting will be held at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancs. on Saturday 17th November. Bookings open in September 2018: details will be posted on this page and BSBI members should look out for a flyer in the September 2018 issue of BSBI News, our members' newsletter.
You can find out what the 237 people who attended the 2017 Exhibition Meeting thought of it by clicking on this #BSBIExhibitionMeeting hashtag or on our Twitter feed and our Facebook page; you can also read a report on our News & Views blog.
Who can attend? What’s on?
We welcome everyone who is interested in the wild flowers of Britain and Ireland. You don't need to be a BSBI member to attend: we particularly welcome potential members who can use the meeting to find out more about BSBI.
As well as exhibits, there are talks, including updates on BSBI projects, activities and publications, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the NHM Herbarium. Scroll down this page to see examples of talks and exhibits from recent years.
Exhibition Meeting 2016
The 2016 AEM was held on Saturday 26th November at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxfordshire.
To find out about the 38 exhibits and what visitors thought about the AEM, please click here and here. Many of the talks and exhibits have been uploaded so just click on the links (on the right) to download the pdf.
Exhibition Meeting 2016
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Morning Talks: From Field to Map – the story behind the dot.
❖ Rare Plant Registers as aids to recording – Polly Spencer-Vellacott (BSBI Welsh Officer).
❖ Do BSBI national field meetings throw up interesting records? – Jon Shanklin (BSBI Field Meetings Secretary).
❖ BSBI and the National Biodiversity Network: from Gateway to Atlas - Jo Judge (CEO, National Biodiversity Network).
❖ BSBI Handbooks as aids to recording – Chris Metherell (BSBI Hon Gen Sec).
Presentation of the Engler Silver Medal to co-authors of the Hybrid Flora of the British Isles.
Afternoon Talks: Putting Plants on the Map – working together for botanical recording.
❖ BSBI and BRC/CEH: an enduring partnership – Chris Preston (BRC/CEH).
❖ Using BSBI data to monitor vegetation changes – Lucy Ridding (CEH).
❖ Surprising plant records and the botanists who recorded them – Paul Smith (Chair, BSBI Records & Research Committee; BSBI County Recorder for the Outer Hebrides).
❖ The new Rare Arable Flowers App: identifying, recording and conserving one of our most threatened plant groups – Markus Wagner/Karolis Kaslauskis (BRC/CEH).
Keynote lecture: BSBI and BRC/CEH working together - David Roy (BRC/CEH).
Morning talks: Chair - Jodey Peyton (BSBI Meetings & Communications Committee)
- 11:30 BSBI Summer Meeting 2017 (Jonathan Shanklin, BSBI Field Meetings Secretary)
- 11:45 The decline of the Rare Flora of Upper Teesdale (Margaret Bradshaw)
- 12:00 Identification trainers for the future (Alex Mills, Natural History Museum)
- 12:15 The Threatened Plants Project (Kevin Walker, BSBI Head of Science)
14:00-15:00 BSBI AGM
Afternoon talks: Chair - Kylie Jones (BSBI Meetings & Communications Committee)
- 15:30 BSBI’s New Publication (Andrew Branson)
- 15:45 Building and supporting Ireland’s botanical network (Maria Long, BSBI Irish Officer)
- 16:00 Growing the next generation of botanists (George Garnett)
- 16:15 BSBI and botanical training (Mark Duffell, BSBI Training & Education Committee)
AEM 2016 Exhibits
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Clive Lovatt: Plant recording using a grid system in Bristol in 1868. More here.
Louise Marsh: BSBI activities in 2017 - getting started with wildflower recording.
Chris Metherell & Fred Rumsey: Euphrasia Handbook.
Mike Porter: Viola Handbook.
Chris Preston & Oli Pescott: Dear Dr Perring: correspondence in the Atlas of the British Flora archive.
Lucy Ridding: Assessing long-term changes in vegetation.
Pete Stroh: Atlas 2020.
Kevin Walker, Pete Stroh & Bob Ellis: Threatened Plants Project.
Exhibition Meeting 2017
The 2017 Annual Exhibition Meeting (AEM) was held on Saturday, 25th November at the Natural History Museum, London. It attracted 237 visitors.
Click on the links in the programme (below right) to download presentations by our guest speakers.
Click on the links in the exhibit titles (below) to download pdfs of some of the 38 exhibits (more to follow so watch this space!). You can also click through to people's email addresses, Twitter accounts, websites and/ or webpages and posts on the BSBI News & Views blog, all of which will give you lots more background about the exhibits and the exhibitors.
AEM 2017 Exhibits
Llangollen Whitebeam (Sorbus cuneifolia) survey 2017 - Tim Rich & Libby Houston.
Atlas 2020: what it's all about, how to get involved - Pete Stroh. On the BSBI website.
Kin recognition and communication in a clonal plant species (Glechoma hederacea) - Ellen Goddard. On Twitter.
Could you be a BSBI Referee? - Jeremy Ison.
BSBI Annual General Meeting
We set aside an hour after lunch for the BSBI Annual General Meeting (AGM).
If you are a BSBI member, the AGM is your chance to vote on items relating to the society’s governance. Please head over to our AGM webpage to download the agenda and find out a bit more about the new Trustees and Council members proposed in the agenda. Any member can attend or can raise a matter for discussion by contacting our Company Secretary Clive Lovatt in advance of the AGM.
If you are not a BSBI member, you can choose to stay in the lecture theatre and listen to our discussions (although you won't be able to vote) or you can opt to visit the exhibition hall instead.
Exhibition Meeting 2015
11.30-12.30: Talks 1: Botanising across Britain & Ireland in 2015.
- NORTH: The Shetland Recording Week (Ian Denholm/Lynne Farrell - BSBI).
- EAST: Atlas Recording in Breckland (Ian Woodward - BTO).
- WEST: Recording in the north and west of Ireland (John Faulkner - BSBI).
- SOUTH: Botanising on Jersey (Ian Denholm) and Guernsey (George Garnett).
14.30-15.15: Talks 2: Learning more and getting involved – with BSBI and partners.
- Identiplant: online botanical training course (Brenda Harold – Identiplant).
- National Plant Monitoring Scheme: the first year (Oli Pescott).
- BSBI’s New Year Plant Hunt (Ryan Clark).
16.00-16.30: Keynote lecture: Alien plants (Mick Crawley - Imperial College).
Exhibition Meeting 2015
In 2015 the AEM was held at the Natural History Museum, London on 28th November. Presentations from the 2015 AEM are available by clicking on the title in the box on the left. They can all be downloaded free of charge for non-commercial use.
The images on this page show some of the 205 people who came along on the day and some of the 44 exhibits they enjoyed. We also offered tours of the NHM Herbarium and the Wildlife Garden. Our News & Views blog carried reports about the exhibits and the day’s activities.