In light of Covid-19, the BSBI Trustees have recently decided to cancel all remaining BSBI field meetings for 2020. We are really sorry about this but our members’ safety is most important. Leaders of BSBI local groups should note that they cannot run events under the BSBI name, and we can't advertise or offer support or insurance for those local group events.
Hopefully we'll be able to resume field meetings and events as usual in 2021 (assuming government guidance allows). In the meantime, if you choose to go out botanising individually or with a few others, we urge you to ensure you follow all current government guidance around social distancing and other Covid-19 prevention measures, as well as more general safe practices for field work. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our Head of Ops.
*NEW* Everyone really likes meeting old friends and making new ones at the Scottish Botanists' Conference. Sadly we don't think we can hold a physical conference safely this year and have opted for an entirely virtual alternative.
The good news is that we will have the usual program of talks, workshops and exhibits spread over the weekend of Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November - all online and recorded so you can view them later (or again).
Keep an eye on the conference page for further details as they become available.
2019 VC Annual Reports
Every year we ask Recorders to summarise the most interesting and exciting news from their Vice-counties in less than 250 words. Here are their 2019 Annual Reports. Take a look - it is a great read! Previous Annual Reports can be seen at the bottom of this page.
Scottish Botanists' Conference 2019
The 2019 Scottish Botanists' Conference took place on Saturday 2nd November at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. A record attendance of 200 enjoyed a great day of botanical talks, workshops, exhibits, posters and meeting people. Click Scottish Botanists' Conference to see the programme, presentations, abstracts and a virtual exhibition.
BSBI Plant identification workshop for beginners
We've also had to cancel the Identifying Wildflower Families workshop planned for 31st May at Holyrood in Edinburgh.
The workshop was the latest in the popular series we have been running for over six years that aims to help beginners to identify plant families and species.
Scottish Local Groups
Get in touch with your local group to find out about local botanical field meetings:
- Dumfriesshire run by Chris Miles
- Kirkcudbrightshire - David Hawker
- Lanarkshire - Michael Philip
- East Lothian - Marion Moir
- West Lothian - Jay Mackinnon
- Fife - Sandy Edwards
- Perthshire - Perthshire Society of Natural Sciences
- Moray - Ian Green
- Highlands - Inverness Botany Group