BSBI YouTube channel
*NEW* BSBI has just launched its own YouTube channel, so we can publish botanical videos and also point people to interesting videos produced by others. We hope that lots of you will subscribe to the BSBI YouTube channel (it's free to subscribe!).
On our channel you will also find links to featured channels by notable BSBI botanists such as Tim Rich, Lliam Rooney and Joshua Styles. We are featuring their channels because they all contain helpful videos, with correctly identified species and useful ID tips, to help viewers learn more about British and Irish wild plants:
- Joshua Styles' channel includes his online dandelion ID course, an introduction to Brilliant British Botany. and his sundew reintroduction video: Josh is adding more content all the time.
- 'Tim's botanical riches' features more than 30 short videos by expert botanist Tim Rich, the man behind the celebrated Plant Crib and author of several BSBI Handbooks. Some of the species covered so far include ragweed, Alpine meadow-grass, perennial centaury, several whitebeams, hawkweeds, bitter-cresses, woodrushes and brassicas.
- Kent botanist Lliam Rooney who goes under the name 'Botany Bill' has produced some excellent ID videos on various species of forget-me-not, horsetail, hawthorn, poppy, tasselweed, hornwort and pearlwort.
Plant ID: short videos playlist
Here you will find a selection of 20+ short videos including:
- Chris Metherell's guide to identifying wildflowers in damp grassland;
- Fred Rumsey (Natural History Museum) hunting for bee orchids or explaining how to distinguish the native English bluebell from the (rarely seen) Spanish bluebell and the (frequently seen) hybrid bluebell;
- Claudia Ferguson-Smyth's video about Potamogeton epihydrus;
- videos by High Weald AONB on identifying meadow and woodland plants.
Plant ID: training courses playlist
There is only one full-length video on this playlist so far: Joshua Styles's online dandelion ID course. The video is around one hour long but we suggest that you start watching around three minutes in! The accompanying slides are available here on our Dandelion ID page.
We are hoping to expand this selection of online training courses in the coming months.
Tim's meadow: short video by Pete Stroh
Cat's ear: Josh Styles
Tim's botanical riches: Hieracium reticulatiforme ID
Botany Bill's guide to identifying poppies
Introduction to dandelion ID with Josh Styles
Other botanical videos
Several of Dr M's students have also made plant videos: here's Pete Flood's video about Catabrosa aquatica and here's Alex Mills' video about the bryophyte-rich temperate rainforests of northwest Europe, which features a cameo from Fred Rumsey of the Natural History Museum - and a couple of filmy-ferns.
Watch this space!
We plan to produce more of our own videos, and create more playlists (and add more videos by friends and colleagues to those playlists). If you spot any videos which you think will interest fellow botanists, please let us know so we can add them.
More plant ID help...
For more help with identifying wild flowers, check out our Plant Identification pages, the Plant Crib, our helpful hints if you're just getting started with plant ID and our series of BSBI Handbooks for particularly tricky plants.