Scroll down to download the BSBI Scottish Newsletter for 2017.

*NEW* Download the Scottish Officer's Annual Report for 2017.

Download 2016 Annual Reports from County Recorders across Scotland - the 2017 Reports are coming soon so watch this space!

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 ([email protected]).

BSBI / BSS Scottish Annual Meeting 2018

The 2018 Scottish Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday the 3rd November. We will let you know as soon as the venue has been agreed.

BSBI Workshop on Identifying Common Grasses

In July, we held a beginners’ workshop on identifying grasses at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh. Watch this space for training opportunities in 2018!

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 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 Scottish Recording Conferences 2018

We plan to hold two one-day recording conferences for all recorders and members interested in recording (north or south of the border) in 2018. They will be on the 14th April at RBGE and on the 28th April at Strathpeffer Community Centre. The same programme will be repeated (more or less) so folk can choose whichever is easier to travel to.  Mark the dates in your diaries now and keep an eye on the Scottish Conferences page.

BSBI Scottish Recording Conference 2017

The 2017 BSBI Scottish Recording Conference was held over the weekend of the 10-12 March at FSC Kindrogan.

For details of the programme and pdfs of all the presentations and further details please see the Scottish Conferences page

Introduction to Recording Workshop

This is a one-day workshop at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Saturday 19 May 2018.  It will focus on the practicalities of recording and will include:

  • How to select size and location of square to survey
  • How to plan a route in the square
  • How to find, prepare and complete recording cards
  • How to use a GPS
  • Recording fieldcraft

The workshop which will be part indoors and part in the field is for improvers who are reasonably confident with scientific names.  Put the date in your diary and watch out for more information here!

BSBI Scottish Officer, Jim McIntosh 

Scottish Officer

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

Email: [email protected] 

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!