Guidance & useful links for recorders

GB Red List

The Species Status Assessment Group has updated the GB Red List for vascular plants. Click on the link to download the GB Red List (May 2018 update).

Using a GPS

This helpful note offers Advice on Buying and Using GPSs (2018 update), by Jim McIntosh, BSBI's Senior Country Officer.

BSBI Code of Conduct

Download your free copy of the BSBI Code of Conduct 2017. It's aimed at botanists, ecologists, foragers, consultants and anyone who loves wildflowers.  The Code sets out sets out best practice in the field and provides you with the latest guidance about which plants you can and can't pick, even with landowner permission (including all plants on prohibited lists such as Schedule 8), and introduces you to the rule of 1 in 20. More about the Code here.

Taxon lists and more...

For taxon lists and spreadsheets, e.g. BSI's list of accepted plant names, updates based on Stace ed.3, and websites such as IPNI, please head over to our new Taxon Lists page. Coming soon: Stace 4 name changes.

Data entry guidance

BSBI's draft data entry guidance provides accessible and practical guidelines for formatting botanical records. The notes are intended to cover both structured recording software such as MapMate and data sets compiled as spreadsheets or text files.

Recording Strategy

This covers subjects such as what size of recording unit to use and when the next Atlas will be produced.

Corrigenda to botanical publications

Errors that have been spotted in various publications are listed here, partly so readers can correct their books, and partly to deter people from telling the authors about any mistakes that they already know about. The following publications are covered so far:

  • Plant Crib
  • Atlas of British & Irish Hawkweeds
  • British Alpine Hawkweeds
  • Flora of Monmouthshire
  • Flora of Cardiganshire
  • New Flora of the British Isles, ed 3.

Download the Corrigenda document. Also available: the Wild Flower Key corrigenda.

Other handy things

County Floras & Rare Plant Registers

A list of county Floras has been compiled by David Pearman. You can download the coversheet and the Excel spreadsheet (updated February 2019). The information on the Excel spreadsheet is also available on our new County Floras webpage.

David has also produced a spreadsheet of Rare Plant Registers, which is also available to download from the Rare Plant Registers webpage.