Plant Atlas 2020 coverage

Our Plant Atlas 2020 project to map changing plant distributions across Britain & Ireland culminated in March 2023 in the launch of a new website, the publication of a 2-volume book, a series of in-person and online launches, and extensive media coverage, which is summarised below.

Radio coverage national & local

In Britain: BSBI Chief Executive Julia Hanmer was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme (clip below); Scientific Officer/ Plant Atlas 2020 co-author Pete Stroh was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Farming Today; and Comms Officer Louise Marsh was interviewed on nine BBC local radio programmes (clips from several are below).

In Scotland: Scotland Officer Matt Harding was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland, Iain MacDonald was interviewed (in Gaelic) on BBC Alba and Sarah Watts was interviewed on Channel 8 Freeview about the Plant Atlas and montane plants.

In Wales: Steph Tyler was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales.

In Ireland: Oonagh Duggan was interviewed on RTE's flagship 'Good Morning Ireland' programme, on Kildare FM (clip below) and on East Coast FM; John Faulkner was interviewed on Radio Foyle; Paul Green was on WRL Waterford; and Micheline Sheehy Skeffington was interviewed twice on RTE (clips below), on 'The Great Outdoors' for Connemara Community Radio and on Louth FM.

Radio clips national & local

TV coverage

Kevin Walker was interviewed on BBC News (clip below); Louise Marsh and Josh Styles were interviewed for a feature on Channel 4 News.

TV clips

Press articles: newspapers

National press (UK)

Plant Atlas 2020 was featured in The Guardian:

In The Times

In a piece in the Financial Times about the impact of climate change on trees

In The Independent: 

National press (Ireland)

We were delighted that the Plant Atlas was featured in a series of high-profile articles in the prestigious Irish Times, Ireland's leading broadsheet:

The Atlas also featured in three articles in the Irish Examiner:

Article (paywalled) in Business Post (Ireland):

Regional press (Ireland)

Press articles: magazines & journals

Reaching new audiences in the Farmers' Journal (Ireland):

There was a short note in The Week Junior (image on right).

In Envirotec magazine:

Websites, blogposts & partner newsletters: national

On the Sky News website:

On the Wildlife Trusts website:

On the Science & Environment page of the BBC website:  and on the Newsround:

On the Natural History Museum website:

On the RTE website:

In the Ends report:

On the Bird Guides website:

On the Plantlife website:

On Countryside Jobs Service's news page:

On the NBN Trust's website and in their monthly newsletter:

On the websites, and in the newsletters, of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, the Biological Records Centre: and in UK Research & Innovation's bulletin.

In The Canary:

On 'Your Weather':

Websites, blogposts & partner newsletters: regional and local

On the BBC Scotland website:

On the Belfast Live website:

Photos and a short note on the website of National Museums Northern Ireland:

Irish Independent:

Article in the Roaringwater Journal (West Cork):

There was also an article in The Seed, the in-house newsletter for staff at RBG Edinburgh.

International coverage

The Plant Atlas press release was shared via the Press Association, which resulted in widespread international coverage; the Atlas was mentioned on the website of the World Economic Forum:

In leading French newspaper, Le Figaro:


Headlines New York: 

The News International:


Alarabiya News:

Al Mayadeen:

Arab News:



Planet Custodian:

The Star:


Future Tech Prince:

Enviro 360:

Vigour Times:

Plant Atlas in the media since the March 2023 launch

Media coverage of Plant Atlas 2020 did not stop after the launch: articles are increasingly referencing the Atlas in their coverage.

This  paywalled piece was published in Resurgence/ The Ecologist in April. The article has very kindly been made available by the journalist, Stephanie Boxall, here: Resurgence-•-Article-The-glorious-world-of-wild-flowers-copy.pdf.

An article on the website of RTE, Ireland's national television and radio broadcaster, references the Atlas.

This article in the Irish Examiner mentions the Atlas and includes a photograph taken at the Dublin launch, when BSBI President Micheline Sheehy Skeffington presented the Atlas to Malcolm Noonan, the Minister of State. An article in The Impartial Reporter also references Plant Atlas 2020 findings.

The Plant Atlas, and the recording efforts of thousands of botanists, were referenced in this article in The Guardian about Japanese Knotweed.

A glowing review of Plant Atlas 2020 by Peter Marren in British Wildlife magazine.

BSBI Chief Executive Julia Hanmer arrives at the BBC on Plant Atlas launch day, ready to be interviewed on the Today programme

At the Plant Atlas Dublin launch, BSBI President Micheline Sheehy Skeffington and Curator Matthew Jebb visited the Herbarium with Malcolm Noonan, Minister of State.

At the Wales launch, attendees enjoyed a Plant Atlas Cake, showing all the counties from which botanical records were submitted

Lorna Slater MSP gives the opening address at the Plant Atlas launch at RBG Edinburgh

Plant Atlas note in 'The Week Junior'

At the Plant Atlas Cambridge launch, co-author Pete Stroh and Daniel Zeichner MP cut the Plant Atlas cake