The next Recorders' Conference was planned for September 2018 but this has had to be postponed. We apologise for this. We are now looking at dates in spring 2019 so please watch this space and the News page for updates.
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.
The Recorders’ Conference is one of the highlights of the BSBI’s year. It takes place in Shrewsbury over a long weekend, with talks, workshops and field meetings aimed at county recorders, expert plant referees and any other botanical recorders who would like to join us.
The venue for indoor sessions is The Gateway Arts & Education Centre which is almost opposite the railway station in Shrewsbury town centre, where we are the guests of Manchester Metropolitan University. Accommodation is at Preston Montford Field Centre, 15 minutes away.
The next Recorders' Conference is scheduled for September 2018. Details will be posted on this page nearer the time, but we will be offering a range of packages to cover accommodation, meals and activities. Non-residential spaces will also be available.
Recorders' Conference 2015
The talks from last year's Recorders' Conference, held in April 2015, 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.