254 people booked to attend the 2022 British & Irish Botanical Conference, held at the Natural History Museum, London, on Saturday 19th November. The programme featured a 45-minute keynote from Chris Preston followed by eight 15-minute talks, seven 1-minute flash talks, two guided tours of the world-famous Herbarium and 24 exhibits. If you weren't able to join us in person, the links below will allow you to enjoy recordings of the talks and check out some of the exhibits.
The talks were recorded and the videos are available here:
- How 'natural' are our alien species? – Chris Preston – co-editor, ‘New Atlas of the British & Irish Flora’)
- Plants of the Lizard – Colin French (BSBI County Recorder for West Cornwall)
- Botanical treasures of Somerset – Helena Crouch (BSBI County Recorder for North Somerset)
- Ireland’s flora: a view from the Irish Midlands – Fiona MacGowan (BSBI joint County Recorder for Co. Laois)
- Orchids and other wild plants of Shetland – Jon Dunn (author ‘Orchid Summer’) - video to follow
- Protecting the mountain plants of Wales – Robbie Blackhall-Miles (Mountain plant conservationist)
- Plants and planning – do plant records pack a punch? – Tristan Norton (Hampshire County Council ecologist)
- Forensic botany – Mark Spencer (BSBI County Recorder for Middlesex and forensic botanist, author ‘Murder Most Florid’)
- Plants, conservation and me – Lynne Farrell (outgoing BSBI President)
Our 24 exhibits included some, e.g John Poland's Vegetative Plant ID Quiz, Brian Laney's Big Wildflower Seed Giveaway and Linda Pitkin's botanical greetings cards, which cannot be shared with you in electronic form - you really had to be there on the day to enjoy these exhibits! But where it proved possible to upload an online version of an exhibit, we have done so. The listing below also provides links to videos of the 1-minute flash talks offered by some exhibitors, and provides links where possible to websites, social media accounts and contact details.
Leif Bersweden - Where the Wildflowers Grow: my botanical journey through Britain and Ireland - Flash Talk - Email - On Twitter - On Instagram
Heather Marples - Back On Our Map: Reintroducing Rare Plants into South Cumbria - Flash Talk - Email - On Twitter
Rebekka Eriksen Ween, Norwegian Botanical Society - Young Botanist: Empowering Youth to Become Plant Ambassadors - Flash Talk - Email
We also exhibited a selection of posters about BSBI projects, activities and resources:
BSBI grants for training, study and research - don't forget that BSBI grants go live on 1st January each year and you can apply for a grant for any kind of botanical training course, whether run by BSBI or by an external provider. Email.
Thank you to all our speakers, exhibitors and the team behind the Conference!
A huge thank you to volunteers Andrew, Billy, George, Jodey, Kylie and Ryan from BSBI Events & Comms Committee; staff members Jim, Julia, Louise, Sarah and Tom; and Hon Gen Sec Steve Gater.
Thanks also to our hosts, the Natural History Museum: Sandy Knapp (NHM botanist and BSBI trustee); Esther Murphy (Assistant to the Executive Director of Science at the NHM); Ilya Sayer (NHM AV Technician); John Hunnex, Chris Dixon and Mark Carine (NHM Herbarium).
Finally, thanks to our three session Chairs: Sandy Knapp, Julia Hanmer (BSBI Chief Executive) and Micheline Sheehy Skeffington (incoming BSBI President).