The 2018 BSBI Recorders' Conference was a great success and attracted 69 delegates. It was held on 12th - 14th October at FSC's Preston Montford Field Centre so everything - talks, workshops, pop-up bookshop, meals and accommodation - was on the same site, with a range of packages to suit everyone's requirements.
Find out what people thought about the Recorders' Conference and see images from the weekend here.
The next Recorders' Conference is a regional event pencilled in for spring 2020 - watch this space or (if you're a BSBI member) look out for advance notice in BSBI News.
Recorders' Conference 2018: presentations & hand-outs
The 2018 Recorders' Conference ran from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th October 2018. The programme is below - you can download the first batch of pdfs from the talks and workshops, or contact the speakers/ find out more, by clicking on the links:
- Keynote: Plants United - Jonathan Mitchley
- FISC review - Sarah Whild
- British & Irish Botany: BSBI’s new publication – Ian Denholm
- BSBI's eNews for recorders - Jim McIntosh
- Creating ID resources - Ken Adams
- Atlas 2020: the final countdown – Pete Stroh
- A new look at lateral keys – Matt Parratt
- GIS for recorders – Jerry Clough
- Recruiting new referees - Jeremy Ison
- iRECORD to share and retrieve records - Oli Pescott
- Some new Gentianaceae taxa - Tim Rich
- Dealing with the deluge: citizen science and the recorder – Geoffrey Hall
- Recording Brambles: Getting Rubus out there! - David Earl
- Conifer ID: Abies – Matt Parratt
- Recording Docks (and a recap on Willow-herbs) - Geoffrey Kitchener
- Identifying Duckweeds: Fred Rumsey
- Alien aquatics – Mark Duffell
- Twig ID – John Poland
- Recording Dandelions for beginners - Tim Rich 1. Introduction to collecting and identifying dandelions; 2. Introduction to dandelion sections; 3. Introduction to dandelion characters
- Roses – bring your specimens along for Referee Roger Maskew to ID
- Looking beyond Atlas 2020: what comes next? – informal drop-in session with BSBI President Chris Metherell
- Identifying Grasses (for beginners and improvers): Jonathan Mitchley
- Identifying early Umbellifers: John Handley
- Plant pressing – Fred Rumsey
- QGIS for recorders - drop-in session with Jerry Clough
We will share the other PPTs and hand-outs as soon as they become available!
As well as the 11 talks and 13 workshops/ drop-in sessions, the 2018 Recorders' Conference also featured a field session with John Poland to road-test his new Field Key to Winter Twigs and Summerfield Books were present over the weekend with a pop-up bookshop.
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Recorders' Conference 2016: presentations
The last Recorders' Conference ran from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September 2016. You can now download pdfs of six of the eight presentations by following the links below:
- Mark Spencer on Recording non-natives in urban environments - can it be done consistently and constructively?
- Andrew Cherrill on Field surveying: problems, pitfalls and solutions.
- Colin French on The Cornish Biodiversity Network
- Martin Rand on The Floras of western Europe - where to look, what to expect.
- Rich Burkmar on QGIS demonstration on recording your patch.
- Pete Stroh on Rare Plants of Northants.: difficulties in recording and the impacts on the Atlas.
We will share the other PPTs as soon as they become available: David Earl on Rubus and Claudia Ferguson-Smyth on Charophytes.
The 2016 Recorders' Conference also featured workshops on vegetative ID, alien plants, charophytes, conifers, eyebrights, forget-me-nots, MapMate, the BSBI Database, a drop-in session to contribute to the BSBI Review here and Summerfield Books were present over the weekend with a pop-up bookshop.
Recorders' Conference 2015
The talks from the 2015 Recorders' Conference are listed below - you can also download most of the presentations and hand-outs.
- Fred Rumsey on Data Deficient taxa
- Ian Trueman on the use of axiophytes
- Geoffrey Kitchener on Willowherbs
- Alan Silverside workshop identifying Eyebrights
- Mark Spencer & Kath Castillo on Orchid Observers
- Martin Rand on recording in Hampshire
- Matt Parratt on conifer identification
- Paul Green on Viola odorata
- Robert Scotland on automated plant identification
- Sarah Whild on representation of recorders via the NFBR
- Simon Smart on the associates of rare plants
There were also workshops on the Big Database, Living Record, microscopy techniques, Mapmate and plant identification. Summerfield Books were present.