Join BSBI or Renew Your Membership

Thinking of joining us? Or looking for a last-minute present for a plant-loving friend or relative? Join BSBI now to enjoy a range of benefits (details below). Your subscription will also help support our wildflowers, the habitats they live in and the botanists who care for them.

Benefits of Membership

BSBI has more than 3,000 members from Britain, Ireland and beyond.

Members receive the following benefits:

You will receive your membership welcome pack within days of sending us your completed membership form and will then have immediate access to all these benefits and services.

Membership categories

  • Individual (UK & Ireland): £35 (€40) per year.
  • Family: £5 (€6) for each additional member (but no separate mailings).
  • Student: £15 (€18) (up to the age of 21 or up to 25 if in full-time education).
  • Overseas Individual: £40 (€45).
  • Longstanding (see below): £25 (€28)
  • Overseas Longstanding: £30 (€35).

Subscriptions are due on the 1st of January each year but if you join after 1st October the subscription lasts to 31st December of the following year.

By joining BSBI you will also become a company member supporting and agreeing to the BSBI’s objectives and ways of operating set out in our Articles of Association.

Membership Secretary

Our Membership Secretary is Gwynn Ellis. You can contact him on membership matters, including change of address, at 41 Marlborough  Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF23 5BU or give him a call on 02920 332 338.

How to join

There are 2 simple steps to join BSBI:

1. Fill in a membership form (available in PDF or Word format) and email the completed form as an attachment to the membership secretary.

2. Pay your sub - there are a range of online payment options available:

Direct Debit
For UK residents paying in pounds sterling please fill in a Paperless Direct Debit form.
For EU residents paying in Euros please fill in a SEPA direct debit form online.
Pay by credit or debit card
Please use the PayPal payment buttons below.
Bank transfer
Please contact us for our bank account details.

If you are a UK tax-payer, you can make your money go further. Please complete a GiftAid form (available as either a pdf or a Word doc) - so BSBI can reclaim tax from your payment.

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Making an online payment

Whether you are renewing your membership or joining us for the first time, you can pay your subscription online using the secure Paypal system. Even if you don’t have a Paypal account, you can still pay online using a debit card. There are two Pay Now buttons below for standard membership categories, so you can pay in either sterling or euros.

Please use the 'Instructions' field below to add your membership number (if you are renewing your subscription) or to tell us that you are a new member.



The Pay Now/ Donate button below allows you to put in the sum that applies to you and set your own payment for other membership categories, subscriptions to BSBI News, etc. Please use this button to pay any non-standard amount.

Longstanding Members

Members who have been with BSBI for at least 10 years, are over 65 and not in full time employment, may apply to Gwynn Ellis (Membership Secretary) to have their subscriptions reduced to a 'Longstanding' rate.

The ideal gift for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas...

Looking for the perfect gift for a friend, relative or partner? If your loved one loves wild flowers, we think they will love a year's membership of BSBI! Why not take out a subscription in their name? It's easy:

  • Step 1: Use the PayPal facility on this page to pay their sub.
  • Step 2: EITHER email Gwynn Ellis with your friend's details and he'll send them a membership form to fill in OR download the form and email it to your friend.
  • Step 3: Once Gwynn receives the completed form, he'll send out your membership welcome pack!

Here's what you can expect to find in your membership welcome pack:

Three most recent issues of BSBI News complete with all inserts, such as Summerfield Books' latest catalogue.

The latest BSBI Yearbook (100+ pages) with full contact details for 112 expert plant referees, 186 County Recorders and all BSBI staff and officers.

A print copy of So You Want to Know Your Plants.

A print copy of the BSBI Code of Conduct.

A BSBI bookmark.

A print copy of our latest Annual Review

A welcome letter with lots more useful info, including the password for the members-only area on this website, so you can access back issues of New Journal of Botany, order BSBI titles at pre-publication/ members-only prices, and much more; and the password for Summerfield Books' BSBI members-only area so you can save money on further BSBI publications and other botany books.

Essential BSBI paperwork: our Articles of Association, GiftAid form etc.

Membership Secretary Gwynn Ellis says: "Don't forget, I can't post your membership welcome pack to you until I receive your completed membership form - so once you've completed the set-up of your DD instruction or paid by PayPal, you still need to fill in the membership form and email it to me!

Postal options: If you'd rather post your membership form to me, ask for a paper Direct Debit form to be sent to you or pay a subscription by sending me a cheque (made out to BSBI), my address is 41 Marlborough Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF23 5BU."

Members-only area

There is a password protected members’ area on this web site which allows on-line access to all recent issues of BSBI News, the latest BSBI Yearbook, all back issues of New Journal of Botany and many other resources exclusive to members.

If you're a member, contact us for the password.

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We only hold the information requested in order to manage your membership subscription. We will treat your information as confidential, hold it securely and will never pass it on to third parties. The exception is our Subscriber database which BSBI has checked for full compliance with data protection regulations. The lawful basis for processing these data is defined under GDPR regulations as contractual. You can request to see the data we hold on you at any time and we will remove you from our systems and discontinue contact at your request: just email [email protected] and mark your email 'Unsubscribe'.