BSBI's much-loved membership newsletter BSBI News is published three times a year, in January, April and September. Print copies are mailed out to all our members and electronic versions are also available via our password-protected members-only area.
Regular contents of BSBI News include a feature article and several short articles; a regular 'Introducing my vice-county' feature; Beginners' Corner; notes on Identification; news about adventives and aliens; country round-ups; obituaries; book reviews; and short notes by BSBI staff and officers. There are full colour images throughout and usually lots of flyers tucked inside: booking forms for BSBI events, pre-publication offers on botany books, and much much more.
Follow the links below to check out sample issues of the latest (September 2021) issue and recent issues of BSBI News, and one free full article from each recent issue; then head over here to join BSBI and start receiving issues on a regular basis.
Sample issues and articles
*SEPTEMBER 2021 SPECIAL OFFER* View or download this sample issue of BSBI News #148 to get an idea of what's inside the September 2021 issue of our membership newsletter. The free article from this issue is 'Common problems with field identification – the Polygonum aviculare aggregate' by Bob Leaney.
*APRIL 2021 SPECIAL OFFER* View or download this sample issue of BSBI News #147 to get an idea of what was inside the April 2021 issue of our membership newsletter. The free article from this issue is 'When is a Dandelion not a Dandelion? (A beginner's guide to yellow composites)' by Hazel Metherell.
*JANUARY 2021 SPECIAL OFFER* View or download this sample issue of BSBI News #146 to get an idea of what was inside the January 2021 issue of our membership newsletter. You may also enjoy this article on botanising in the Outer Hebrides by County Recorder Paul Smith: it was also published in the January 2021 issue of BSBI News.
*SEPTEMBER 2020 SPECIAL OFFER* View or download this sample issue of BSBI News #145 to get an idea of what was inside the September 2020 issue of our membership newsletter. You may also enjoy this review of wildflower ID books by Andrew Branson, which was also published in the September 2020 issue of BSBI News.
*APRIL 2020 SPECIAL OFFER* View or download this sampler issue of BSBI News #144 to get an idea of what was inside the April 2020 issue of our membership newsletter. You may also enjoy this review of plant ID apps by Hamlyn Jones, which was also published in the April 2020 issue of BSBI News.
If you are already a BSBI member but know anyone who has not yet joined the Society and might like to know more about what's inside each issue, why not send them one of these sample issues or the free articles?
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BSBI News is for short contributions of topical interest. It is there for BSBI members who have something interesting or informative that they would like to share with others, and is meant to be the place for the ‘ordinary’ member to express her or his opinions.
Advertising in BSBI News
Our latest BSBI News adverts document (November 2020 update) gives details of rates for advertisers. It also gives instructions and deadlines for including flyers and advertisements in BSBI News.
Who edits BSBI News?
The Editor of BSBI News from 2017-2019 was Andrew Branson, a long-term BSBI member who is also the former editor of the very popular and prestigious British Wildlife. Andrew took over from, and built on the excellent work of, Gwynn Ellis and Trevor James who had been at the helm for several decades. In 2019, BSBI welcomed a new Editor, John Norton, and the first issue with John at the helm was published in January 2020.