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*NEW* We have just launched an exciting new 3 year project to refind and re-record rare plant populations in Scotland - the Scottish HectAd Rare Plant Project - click the link to see details...

*NEW* We have just joined forces with our sister society, the Botanical Society of Scotland, to promote the Urban Flora Project - a five year project to record flowering plants in our urban areas.

120 botanists participated in the 2021 Scottish Spring Conference on 20 March. There were some great presentations including a truly inspirational talk on Carrifran Wildwood and talks on the two new Scottish recording projects. We have uploaded the talks to the BSBI YouTube channel and linked them to the programme on the Scottish Spring Conference page.

Check out the really interesting Botany in Scotland blog!

Scottish Officer

Jim McIntosh

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

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0131 248 2894

Scottish Newsletter

*NEW* The latest issue of the Scottish Newsletter No. 43, 2021 is out. All issues since 1979 are available on the Scottish Newsletter page.

2020 VC Annual Reports

Every year we ask County Recorders to summarise the most interesting and exciting news from their Counties in less than 250 words.  Here are their 2020 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 2020

We had a record 350 register for Scottish Botanists' Conference last autumn. Check out the special Scottish Botanists' Conference 2020 site, where you can still peruse the exhibition, view the BSBI Photographic Competition, or watch recordings of the talks and workshops. See the Scottish Botanists Conference page for details of previous conferences.

Grasses workshop in 2021

Fifteen grass beginners took part in an experimental online workshop led by Matt Parratt in June. To make it as interactive as possible, we sent fresh grass specimens to participants beforehand and called for homework afterwards. The introductory Grass ID for beginners session is available here. Or view last year's Introduction to Grass Id  webinar.

The most recent State of Nature report was published in 2019.

Find out more here or download the SoN summary for Scotland.

BSBI Plant identification workshop for beginners

Aileen Meek led an excellent online workshop on Identifying Wildflower Families in May. 46 participated in the live event, but the recorded Identifying Wildflower Families is the most popular webinar in 2021 on the BSBI Training playlist - with nearly 1000 views!

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.

New Year Plant Hunt 2021

To find out which plants were spotted in bloom in Scotland during the 2021 New Year Plant Hunt, check out the map on the Results page and the New Year Plant Hunt Twitter feed here.