Field and indoor meetings

Scroll down to find out about our main national botany meetings this year across Britain & Ireland.

Some are General meetings suitable for everyone, beginner or expert; some are focused on Training, or Recording for Atlas 2020, and some are aimed at the more experienced botanist (these are marked 'Specialist').

Most are free to attend and you don't need to be a BSBI member, although if there are more applicants than spaces available, we reserve the right to prioritise our members.

You can also find out about botany meetings in your area by checking our Local Botany page.

Please click on these links to find out more about the BSBI Annual Summer Meeting and indoor meetings such as the BSBI Recorders' Conference, the Scottish Annual Meeting, Irish and Scottish Conferences, the Welsh AGM and BSBI Annual Exhibition Meeting; and don't forget our New Year Plant Hunt.

Details for our forthcoming national field and indoor meetings are given in full below; they are also published in the BSBI Yearbook, available to BSBI members via the members-only area (password required). There is also an annual Meetings Diary page (also available as a downloadable pdf) which includes all national meetings and some of the meetings held across Britain and Ireland by local botany groups and county recorders. Details for some meetings are provisional and subject to change; other meetings are still in the planning stage. Several meetings have links to on-line booking, so please use these to book if possible. The Meetings programme is updated regularly by Field Meetings Secretary Jon Shanklin, so please keep an eye on this page for any additional meetings or changes to the information published in the BSBI Yearbook.

BSBI Meetings 2019

Saturday 2 November (General)

Scottish Botanists' Conference, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (v.c.83)

More information about this event on the SBC webpage. Bookings have now closed but you can follow the action on the day by going to #ScotBotanistsConf. We will be uploading abstracts and images after the event.

Saturday 23 November (General)

Annual Exhibition Meeting and Annual General Meeting

Natural History Museum, London

We return to the NHM for the 2019 Exhibition Meeting and AGM. There will be the usual mix of short talks, displays, posters and book sales, as well as the chance to meet friends, colleagues and other botanists. All welcome - you don't need to be a BSBI member to attend. More info on the Exhibition Meeting webpage and you can follow the action on the day by going to #BSBIExhibitionMeeting. We will be uploading abstracts and images after the event.

BSBI Meetings 2020

Monday 13th-20th July.

Glynhir residential,  (v.c. 44 Carmarthenshire )

Leaders: Richard & Kath Pryce

The meeting will cater for both experienced and inexperienced botanists and will provide an opportunity for the informal development of identification skills. Day outings will be tailored to individual needs to cover all skill and fitness abilities. Booking arrangements will be posted up here in early 2020


Our field meetings are a great way to get involved in  botany. Most are open to anyone, although members have priority.

If you want to book on a meeting, please contact the leader well in advance because they will fill up - do not just turn up on the day. The field meetings list on this page is the most up-to-date version, superceding the one in the BSBI Yearbook

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Country Field Secretaries

Ireland: John Conaghan

Scotland: Angus Hannah

Wales: Andy Jones 

Information for leaders of field meetings