Recorders' Meeting

Preston Montford is the traditional home for BSBI Recorders’ and Training meetings, with the most recent one taking place in April 2024. The conference's aim is to provide skills and training sessions, particularly for botanists wanting to progress to recording, though they will be of general interest and for discussions amongst all attendees. The programme is deliberately flexible in order to accommodate any weather window that will allow a group visit to a local site or sites. The sessions and talks will be given by participants.

Recorders' Meeting 2024

The 2024 Recorders’ Meeting ran from April 19 to 21. The meeting was aimed at anyone who wants to start making plant records for the BSBI, and it will also benefit existing or potential County Recorders and referees.

Slides of presentations:

The role of a VCR (Jonathan Shanklin)
Dryopteris ferns (Fred Rumsey)
Recording skills (Jonathan Shanklin)


Friday 19th

2.00 pm - Welcome talks from the FSC and Committee for England.
2:15 pm - Plant ID session 1
3:30 pm - Tea, cakes & discussion
4.15 pm - Plant ID session 2
6:30 pm - Evening meal
8.00 pm - Talk
9.00 pm - Bar & discussion

Saturday 20th

9.00 am - Session 1
10.30 am - Coffee & discussion
11.00 am - Session 2
12.30 am - Lunch
1.30 pm - Session 3
3.00 pm - Tea, cakes & discussion
4.00 pm - Session 4
6.30 pm - Evening meal
8.00 pm - Forum
9.00 pm - Bar & discussion

Sunday 21st

Excursion (weather dependent), otherwise as Saturday morning or afternoon.

Recorders' Meeting 2023

BSBI's 2023 Recorders' Meeting took place over the weekend of 6th-8th October at FSC Preston Montford in Shrewsbury and featured workshops, talks, training sessions and site visits, all aimed at botanical recorders.

A number of the talks were recorded and are available below:

Recorders' Meeting 2022

If you missed the talks from 2022, you can get a flavour of what was discussed by clicking on the links below and downloading a pdf: