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. The PayPal facilities below will stay open for a few more days so if you haven't completed payment yet, please do so ASAP!
Find out what people thought about the Recorders' Conference and see images from the weekend here.
The next Recorders' Conference is pencilled in for spring 2020 - watch this space or (if you're a BSBI member) look out for advance notice in BSBI News.
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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.
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.
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.