The State of Nature report 2019 has been published. Find out more here or download the SoN summary for Scotland.

Scroll down to find out more about the *NEW*Scottish Botanists' Conference and other events in 2019 and to download the latest Scottish Newsletter.

Download the Scottish Officer's Annual Report 2018 and the 2018 Annual Reports from County Recorders across Scotland.

Scottish Botanists' Conference 2019

The 2019 Scottish Botanists' Conference took place on Saturday 2nd November at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. We had a record attendance of 200 at an exciting day of botanical talks, workshops, exhibits, posters, the BSBI Scottish AGM and meeting people.  Our main speaker was Prof Richard Crawford who gave a talk Plants at the margin in a changing climate. Click Scottish Botanists' Conference for details, including the programme, presentations, abstracts and a virtual exhibition.

Scottish Field Meetings - 2019

We had a great field meeting program this year!  Click on the link to download the full list of the 2019 Scottish Field Meetings. Field meeting reports will be published in the 2020 Yearbook. Next year's program will be posted here and in the Yearbook.  Remember everyone is welcome on BSBI field meetings - whether BSBI member or not - AND it's a great way to improve your Id skills and meet fellow botanists.

BSBI Scottish Spring Conferences 2019

Two Spring Conferences were held in April 2019 in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. See our Scottish Conferences page for details and many of the presentations. We would particularly recommend taking a look at the presentation on how BSBI members can help in the final year of Atlas 2020.

Scottish Botanists' Conference 2018

The 2018 Scottish Botanists' Conference was held on Saturday 3rd November at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Head over to the conference webpage to view the programme, pdfs of all the talks, a virtual exhibition and abstracts.

New Year Plant Hunt 2019

To find out which plants were spotted in bloom in Scotland during the 2019 New Year Plant Hunt, check out the map on the Results page and the New Year Plant Hunt Twitter feed here. Many thanks to all Scottish recorders who took part!

BSBI Workshops on Identifying Common Grasses & Sedges

We held two workshops on Identifying Common Grass species at Dumfries in June and at the University of Stirling in July, and a workshop on Identifying Common Sedge species at Mugdock Country Park in July. These workshops were all very popular and judging from the feedback much enjoyed and appreciated. We plan to repeat these workshops in other parts of Scotland in 2020. Details will be posted here in March.

BSBI Workshop on Identifying Plant Families

We held a Workshop on Identifying Plant Families at Mar Lodge, near Braemar in June 2019. The workshop was the latest in a series we have been running for over five years now that aims to help beginners and improvers identify plant families and species.

Introduction to Recording Workshop

Eight members participated in a one-day Introduction to Recording workshop that was held at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Saturday 19 May 2018. The  programme focused on the practicalities of recording and included sessions on:

Scottish Officer

Jim McIntosh

Address: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR


Phone: 0131 248 2894

Scottish Newsletter

The 2019 issue of the Scottish Newsletter has been published. Click on the link to view or download the Scottish Newsletter No. 41, 2019 or visit our new Scottish Newsletter webpage where you can find all back issues since 1979.

Scottish Local Groups

Many groups organise botanical field meetings across Scotland.

Here is a selection:

Natural History Societies in Scotland in Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh, Paisley, Berwick and Lochaber also arrange field meeting programs that usually include some botany or botanical outings.

BSBI Scottish Recording Conferences 2018

We held two one-day recording conferences for recorders and members in 2018. They were on the 14th April at RBGE and on the 28th April at Strathpeffer. The same programme was repeated (more or less) so folk could choose whichever was more convenient. For further information and many of the talks see the   Scottish Conferences page.