Ireland Officer

Bridget Keehan


Twitter: @BSBI_Ireland

Facebook: @IrishSectionBSBI

The Ireland Officer supports BSBI County Recorders and members, and works with partner organisations on botanical projects and surveys.


Upcoming events in Ireland

After a summer  of exciting field meetings and Aquatic Plant Project field days, autumn is appearing on the horizon and with it, our final events of the season.

The final Aquatic Plant Project field outing of the year will be held on Sunday October 8th, in Co. Sligo - watch this space for more details!

For a great chance to meet up with other like-minded botanists across Ireland, come along to our annual AGM and Autumn Meeting, which this year is happening on Saturday 21st October 2023 (a slightly later date than usual). As usual, this promises to be a fantastic day with a fascinating line-up of speakers and workshops, in the beautiful, autumnal setting of the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin. Further details are available on the Field Meetings and Indoor Events page.

For information on local events, contact your local BSBI Group (see below), or alternatively check out our Local Botany page to find out about local events and to contact your County Recorder.

Plant Atlas 2020 goes live!

Plant Atlas 2020 is the most in-depth survey of the British and Irish flora ever undertaken. The results for Ireland are summarised on the Plant Atlas 2020 in Ireland page. Huge thanks to everyone who has contributed over the last 20 years to make the Atlas a reality.

2022 Irish Autumn Meeting & AGM

Last year's Autumn Meeting & AGM was held face-to-face on Saturday, 24th September 2022 at Glasnevin National Botanic Gardens. Fifty botanists really enjoyed meeting up and participating in the programme of talks and workshops. All the talks were recorded and you can see them on the Irish Autumn Meeting & AGM page.

Aquatic Plant Project

In 2022 we held three online webinars and organised eight aquatic field training days with experts. Nick Stewart also presented a talk and led short walks to look at aquatics in the ponds in the National Botanic Gardens on the day of the Irish Autumn Meeting. Videos of all the webinars and the talk are now available to watch on the  Aquatic Plant Project page.

Rare Plant Project Ireland

Get involved with our fascinating project to re-find and re-record rare plant populations - the Rare Plant Project Ireland in 2022! Click the link for details of our spruced-up and simplified project...

Spring Conference

There were some excellent talks at this year's BSBI Irish Spring Conference, held on Saturday, 2nd April. All now available on our YouTube channel.

Irish Botanical News published

Take a look at the 2022 issue of Irish Botanical News! It was published in March and is the first with new editor Alexis Fitzgerald at the helm. It is a great read.

Information and Resources

Irish Botanical Projects - current and past BSBI Ireland projects.

Resources for Botanists in Ireland - Recording resources, record centres, Rare Plant Registers, and more.

Irish Botanical News - Our big annual publication edited by Alexis Fitzgerald.

Ireland News Archive - Previous issues of the Irish BSBI Newsletter and older stories from this webpage.

Local BSBI Groups

These are informal groups run by volunteers. They are a great way to improve your skills and meet other botanists. Get involved with a group near you!