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*UPDATED* Get involved with our project to refind and re-record rare plant populations in Scotland - the Scottish HectAd Rare Plant Project in 2022! Click the link for details...

*NEW* We joined forces with botanists across Britain and Ireland for this year's Spring Conference on the 26 March. There was a huge variety of interesting talks - all recorded and now available on the BSBI Spring Conference playlist. Of particular interest to Scottish botanists is a talk on Conserving Oblong Woodsia and a workshop on separating the three Whitlow-grass species.

*NEW* We now have a County page for all but two Scottish Counties. They are a great source of information on local botany including local groups, field meetings, checklists, floras, Rare Plant Registers, reports and more. See the local botany page.

Scottish Officer

Jim McIntosh

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


Phone: 0131 248 2894

Scottish Botanists' Conference

We had a record number at the online Scottish Botanists' Conference in November 2021. There were great talks on the plants of Ben Lawers and of Beinn Eighe. Check out the Scottish Botanists' Conference 2021 site, where you can still watch recordings of the talks and workshops and peruse the exhibition and the BSBI Photographic Competition. We hope to hold an in-person Scottish Botanists' Conference at RBGE in 2022.

Scottish Newsletter

*NEW* We've just published the latest issue of the Scottish Newsletter. For back-issues see the Scottish Newsletter page.

Annual Reports

Every year we ask County Recorders to summarise the most interesting and exciting news from their Counties in less than 250 words.  You can see a collation of their 2021 reports in the Scottish Newsletter above, and individual reports appear on County pages with additional photographs and links. Previous years' reports can be seen below.

Grass, Sedge & Daisy family beginners' workshops

We are holding three live workshops for beginners in 2022: Sedges on the 18 June at Barony College, Dumfries, Grasses on the 25 June at Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton and a Daisy family workshop on the 6th August at The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn, Fife. For more information and booking please click the links.

If you are interested in grasses view this excellent introduction to Grass ID for beginners from last year.

Get involved with the Urban Flora Project in 2022 - a project to record flowering plants in our urban areas, initiated by our friends in the Botanical Society of Scotland.

BSBI Plant ID workshop

Aileen Meek led an excellent workshop on Identifying Wildflower Families for beginners last year. 46 participated in the live event, but over 2200 have now viewed the Identifying Wildflower Families webinar making it one of the most popular in the BSBI Training playlist.

Scottish Local Groups

Get in touch with your local network or group to find out about local botanical field meetings:

Natural History Societies in Berwick, Dundee, Edinburgh, GlasgowLochaber and Paisley also arrange field meetings that include botany.

Fern Field Meetings

All BSBI members are very welcome to participate in the British Pteridological Society's Scottish meetings. Click the link to see the programme and get in touch with the BPS leaders, if interested.