The Annual Summer Meeting is the big field meeting of the year for the whole of the BSBI. It moves around the regions of the BSBI to give people a chance to see different habitats and flowers. It is open to everyone – you don’t have to be a BSBI member or an experienced botanist.
Annual Summer Meeting 2018
Monday 16th to Monday 23rd July
The 2018 Annual Summer Meeting (ASM) will be based at King William's College, Castletown on the Isle of Man. The meeting will include site visits, recording outings, hunts for rare species, talks and ID sessions. It is also a joint meeting with the British Bryological Society, so there will be a chance to learn about mosses, liverworts and hornworts.
Click on the link to download the ASM 2018 flyer which was included with the April issue of BSBI's membership newsletter. Links to various travel options are given here and we hope to be able to link up members to reduce costs.
There is a separate PayPal button so you can book two-course evening meals (£15) at the ASM - select as many evenings as you wish.
The ASM is a great opportunity to see some fabulous wildflowers in beautiful habitats and in the company of friendly botanists from across Britain and Ireland, so we hope you can join us this year!
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Annual Summer Meeting 2017
Monday 5th to Friday 9th May: Holywell, Flintshire
The 2017 Summer Meeting was based at the Stamford Gate Hotel in Holywell, Flintshire (VC51). The meeting aimed to help recording in the county for Atlas 2020, but also included site visits to coastal dunes and limestone grassland. There were exhibits, a bookstall, after dinner talks and ID sessions and an opportunity to socialise. You can read linked daily reports from the 2017 Summer Meeting on the BSBI News & Views blog, posted each evening by Organiser Jon Shanklin, BSBI's Field Meetings Secretary. The first report is here and the final one is here. BSBI members will also be able to read how successful the week was and how much fun participants had by reading an account in the January 2018 issue of BSBI News.
Annual Summer Meeting 2016
Thursday 19th to Monday 23rd May: Lowland Cumbria
The 2016 Summer Meeting was based at the Field Studies Council Blencathra Centre near Keswick in Cumbria. The meeting introduced participants to the flora of lowland Cumbria by a mix of site visits, talks, workshops and tetrad and site recording. After dinner each evening, there were talks to set the scene or identification workshops to discuss interesting or difficult specimens found during the day. One of the main aims of the meeting was to help fill in some of the blank squares in the vice-county. You can find out whether we managed to do that in daily reports from the 2016 Summer Meeting on the BSBI News & Views blog here, here and here, posted each evening by Organiser Jon Shanklin, BSBI's Field Meetings Secretary.