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*NEW* We had a record 380 people register for 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 watch recordings of the talks and workshops and peruse the exhibition and the BSBI Photographic Competition. See the Scottish Botanists Conference page for further details.

*NEW* We launched a new 3 year project to refind and re-record rare plant populations in Scotland in 2021 - the Scottish HectAd Rare Plant Project - click the link to see details...

*NEW* We joined forces with the Botanical Society of Scotland in 2021 to promote the Urban Flora Project - a five year project to record flowering plants in our urban areas.

Scottish Officer

Jim McIntosh

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

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0131 248 2894

Scottish Newsletter

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

Scottish Spring Conference

120 botanists participated in the Scottish Spring Conference in March 2021. 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.

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.

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.