Now that legal regulations are set to be lifted in England and other countries may well follow soon, there is a shift towards giving advice and the onus being upon individual responsibility to reduce transmission of the virus. Since the situation may well be fluid for some time to come, our existing guidance remains in place as follows.
Field meetings have resumed, but remain subject to Government guidance specific to England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In addition we recommend continuing with social distancing at all events and wearing face-masks when indoors. We hope to be able to resume indoor events in the coming months. You must check the latest details of any advertised meeting online or by contacting the meeting leader. Do not assume that a meeting can go ahead without checking. Arrangements for meetings outdoors and indoors may vary; indoor meetings may have to be replaced by electronic meetings. Guidance documents for both participants and for leaders of field meetings have been revised to take account of ongoing Covid-19 prevention measures, and all guidance must be followed at all times. In the meantime, if you choose to go out you must follow all current Government guidance for the locality, including social distancing and other Covid-19 prevention measures, as well as more general safe practices if fieldwork is permitted. BSBI Trustees continue to closely monitor the situation and reserve the right to change advice at short notice if necessary. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our Hon Gen Sec Steve Gater.
On this page you can find out more about the national field meetings and indoor botanical events scheduled for 2021 across Britain & Ireland. Use the facilities below to search by month, by county or by country, and to find the kind of meeting or event that's right for you. Click on any entry in the list to expand the box and find out more. There's a searchable link (icon bottom left of each box) for each event that you can send to friends and colleagues or share on social media. Don't forget to also check out what's happening in your local area by visiting the Local Botany page and clicking through to your county.
- All our annual conferences are open to everyone, wherever you are based, and you don't need to be a BSBI member to attend; at present these events are being held via Zoom and you will need to book in advance.
- Unless otherwise stated, our non-residential field meetings are free to attend and you don't usually need to be a BSBI member, although if there are more applicants than spaces available, we reserve the right to prioritise our members.
- For field meetings, you will need to book in advance and/ or contact the organiser to find out where to assemble: please don't just turn up at a field meeting where pre-booking is required.
- For general enquiries about field meetings contact the Field Meetings Secretary, Jonathan Shanklin.
Information for those attending field meetings
For more info about botany meetings in your area, organised by local groups and County Recorders, check our Local Botany page and click through to your county page or contact your County Recorder.
Information for leaders of field meetings
Please click on these links to go direct to dedicated webpages for national and country events such as our Annual Exhibition Meeting, the BSBI Recorders' Conference, the Annual Summer Meeting, the Scottish Botanists' Conference, Irish and Scottish spring Conferences and the Welsh AGM; and don't forget our New Year Plant Hunt.
We only hold the information requested in order to administer the event advertised. We will treat your information as confidential, hold it securely and will never pass it on to third parties. Your information will be deleted within 6 months of the event taking place. The lawful basis for processing this data is defined under GDPR regulations as contractual.
You can request to see the data we hold on you at any time and we will remove you from our systems and discontinue contact at your request: just email [email protected] and mark your email 'Unsubscribe'.