In light of Covid-19, the BSBI Trustees have recently decided to cancel all remaining BSBI field meetings for 2020. We are really sorry about this but our members’ safety is most important. Leaders of BSBI local groups should note that they cannot run events under the BSBI name, and we can't advertise or offer support or insurance for those local group events.

Hopefully we'll be able to resume field meetings and events as usual in 2021 (assuming government guidance allows). In the meantime, if you choose to go out botanising individually or with a few others, we urge you to ensure you follow all current government guidance around social distancing and other Covid-19 prevention measures, as well as more general safe practices for field work. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our Head of Ops.

Ireland Officer

Dr Sarah Pierce


Telephone: +353 87 2578763

Twitter: @BSBI_Ireland

Facebook: @IrishSectionBSBI

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


Irish Autumn Meeting and AGM

This year's Autumn meeting and AGM will take place on Saturday, 26 September, starting at 10 am. It will be held online due to restrictions around Covid-19, but we hope it will also allow more people to join than are usually able to attend in person. The meeting will involve four talks covering Atlas 2020 and other botanical projects, followed by the formal AGM and election of new members to the Committee for Ireland. Everyone is welcome to attend, but you must be an Irish BSBI member to vote in the elections. Details were emailed to members by Paula O'Meara, CfI Secretary.

Details about the meeting, including the agenda and how to register, are available on the Autumn Meeting and AGM webpage.

Aquatic Plant Project

Continuing the Aquatic Plant Project which started last year, we are offeringAquatics survey in Antrim 2019, photo by John Faulkner online training with aquatic plant expert Nick Stewart to help people build their aquatic ID skills and hopefully inspire a bit more aquatic recording this autumn!

There will be two webinars with Nick, both free and open to everyone:

  • Introduction to Aquatic Plant Identification. 5 September at 10am.  Register here.
  • Stonewort Identification. 12 September at 10am.  Register here.

We’re also going to trial an interactive online Aquatic Plant Identification Workshop on 19 September at 10am. Nick will lead a live workshop, identifying specimens using a digital microscope and participants will be able to ask questions throughout. Numbers will be limited to 20, with first preference going to anyone actively recording aquatic plants in Ireland. If you are interested in this, please contact Sarah Pierce.

For more details, please visit the Aquatic Plant Project webpage. Thanks to NPWS for funding this project.

Irish Grasslands Project

Grassland on Inis Oirr by Maria Long

This summer we launched a brand new project to highlight the importance of Irish semi-natural grasslands and help to improve the identification skills needed to record them. We held 5 free online training courses covering introductory grass identification, vegetative grass identification, sedge identification, and an introduction to Annex I grassland habitats. We also are developing downloadable resources around Annex I grassland indicator species, and running Irish Grass of the Week on social media. For all the details, please check out the Irish Grasslands Project webpage. Thanks to NPWS and CEDaR for supporting this project. Photo by Maria Long.

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 Paul Green.

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!

Old News

Looking for something that was here before, but can't find it anymore? All older news items are now kept in the Ireland News Archive.