Scroll down to find out more about conferences and workshops in 2018 and *NEW* to download the Scottish Newsletter for 2018. 

*NEW* Download the Scottish Officer's Annual Report for 2017 and the  2017 Annual Reports from County Recorders across Scotland - and you can still access the 2016 Annual Reports  - just click on the links!

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.

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:

BSBI Workshop on Identifying Plant Families

After two very successful workshops in 2017, we are planning two one-day workshops in Dumfries and Aberdeen in May 2018 to help beginners and improvers identify plant families and plants. Non-members very welcome! Click the links for further  information and to book.

We are also planning to hold two FREE follow-up days in the field especially for participants of the workshops (past and present) and for anyone else interested in improving their skills and confidence in identification in the field. They will be held at:

  • Saturday 28 July St Cyrus National Nature Reserve, near Montrose.
  • Saturday 4 August Ballinluig, near Pitlochry.

For further information or to book on either of these follow-up days please contact: Faith Anstey (

BSBI Workshop on Identifying Common Grasses

After last year's very successful beginner's workshop on identifying grasses in Edinburgh, we are planning another workshop over in the west of Scotland, on the 23rd of June 2018.  For further  information and to book please click the links.

Scottish Field Meetings - 2018

Click on the link to download a full list of all the Scottish Field Meetings for 2018. Many of them aim to improve Atlas 2020 coverage in Scotland so we’d be really pleased if Scottish botanists (whether members or not) would give the programme their full support! Several are targeted at beginners and improvers – and again we’d welcome both members and non-members.

BSBI / BSS Scottish Annual Meeting 2018

The Scottish Annual Meeting is being rebranded as the "Scottish Botanists' Conference" to broaden its appeal to both members and non-members.

In 2018 the Scottish Botanists' Conference will be held on Saturday the 3rd November at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

BSBI / BSS Scottish Annual Meeting 2017

The 2017 Scottish Annual Meeting was held on Saturday 4th November at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. We had 150 participate in a packed and exciting day of botanical talks, workshops, exhibits and posters.

The exhibition abstracts and the presentations are on the Scottish Annual Meeting page as pdfs.  Take a look!

Judging of the 2017 BSBI Photographic Competition also took place at the Scottish Annual Meeting - images and more info here.

Scottish Officer

Jim McIntosh, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR


Phone: 0131 248 2894

Twitter: @BSBIScotland 

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.

New Year Plant Hunt 2018

To find out which plants were spotted in bloom in Scotland during the 2018 New Year Plant Hunt, check out the map on the Results page and the Year Plant Hunt Twitter feed here.

Many thanks to all Scottish recorders who took part!