The first atlas of the British and Irish flora, published in 1962, pioneered the use of ‘dot-maps’ aligned to the OS grid. Read about the influence that it had in this paper published in New Journal of Botany.
A repeat atlas was published in 2002 based on fieldwork carried out from 1987-1999.
BSBI is now producing a third atlas, Atlas 2020, based on fieldwork carried out from 2000 to 2019; publication is expected in late summer 2022.
Atlas 2020 will provide:
- Maps for both native and introduced taxa
- Interactive maps able to display frequency and distribution at a variety of scales
- Analyses of changes, summarising the state of the British and Irish flora in 2020.
- Volunteer to record a 10 x 10 km (hectad) square – it’s a great way to improve your identification skills
- Record a square on your holiday
- Adopt an ‘under-recorded’ area (e.g. remote islands, mountains, etc.)
- Attend a BSBI field meeting
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the relevant country officer (listed below), who will direct you to the relevant county recorder.
Atlas 2020 Guidance
- Atlas 2020 Guidance for VCRs
- Atlas 2020 Instruction Booklet
- Fieldwork for Atlas 2020 - a beginner’s guide to recording
- Fieldwork for Atlas 2020 - notes on Identification works and some difficult and under-recorded taxa
- Where and what do we record
- Recording cards tailored for individual vice-counties
- Plans for recording until 2020
- How to record a 10 x 10 km square by sampling smaller squares
- How to collect and press plant specimens
- Stace 3 (CUP, 2010) name changes and additions: Part 1 (additions) and Part 2 (hybrids).
BSBI is grateful to the trusts, foundations and organisations that have supported work undertaken through the Atlas 2020 project, as well as all members and individuals who have donated time and financial support to the endeavour.
With particular thanks to:
The Naturesave Trust
The Thriplow Charitable Trust
The Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trust