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 Spring Conferences and the Training Workshops we have organised in Scotland in 2020 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.

Spring Conferences 2020

We are planning two one-day spring recording conferences in Scotland. The first is on Saturday the 4th April at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the second on the following day, Sunday 5th at Strathpeffer Community Centre, near Inverness.  The same programme will be repeated (more or less). Everyone is very welcome. Click the links for more information and book now!

New Year Plant Hunt 2020

To find out which plants were spotted in bloom in Scotland during the 2020 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!

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.

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.

BSBI beginners' Sedges and Grasses workshops in 2020

We have organised four one-day workshops for beginners - two on sedges & rushes and two on grasses.  The sedges & rushes workshops will be in Dumfries on 6 June and Kinross on 13 June; and the grasses workshops will be in Dunkeld on 27 June and Hamilton on 11 July. Even at the full price of £30 the workshops are fantastic value but BSBI members (and students) are eligible for a 50% discount. Last year's workshops were all very popular and sold out, so book your place soon by clicking on the links!

BSBI Plant identification workshop for beginners

We are planning a one-day Identifying Wildflower Families workshop at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh on 31 May 2020. The workshop is 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.  Click the link for more information and to book.

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.