Ireland Officer

Bridget Keehan


Twitter: @BSBI_Ireland

Facebook: @IrishSectionBSBI

The Ireland Officer supports BSBI County Recorders and members, and works with partner organisations on botanical projects and surveys.

NI Botanical Skills Officer

Jen Farrar


Jen's role is to develop, deliver and facilitate a range of botanical skills, training events and opportunities, and to support the National Plant Monitoring Scheme in Northern Ireland.


Upcoming events in Ireland

There is an exciting programme of field meetings and indoor events lined up all over the country for spring/summer 2024, available to view here. Local BSBI groups will also be hosting their own events: for more information on local botany events, contact your local group (see below), or alternatively check out our Local Botany page to find out about events near you, and to contact your County Recorder.

Wildflower ID Workshop in Northern Ireland

A Wildflower ID Workshop at the Ulster Folk Museum on 15 June is a great way for beginner botanists to build up their ID skills. BSBI members will benefit from a 50% discount. Find out more.

Aquatic Plant Project

Although we held our final the Aquatic Plant Project workshop of 2023 on 8th October, the good news is that we are planning more Aquatic Plant Project events in 2024 - visit the Aquatic Plant Project page for more details.

If you want to learn more about aquatic plants, or brush up on your i.d. skills in advance of the field season, from the comfort of your home, check out the wide variety of online resources, training videos and webinars from previous years of the project, which are all available to view on the Aquatic Plant Project page.

Irish Autumn Meeting and AGM

This will be held on Saturday 12th October 2024 at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island, near Craigavon, Northern Ireland. For more information visit the Irish Autumn Meeting and AGM page.

Irish Botanical News

Take a look at the 2023 issue of Irish Botanical News! This magazine provides a wealth of fascinating information about botany in Ireland, as well as what's been happening in botanical circles across Ireland over the past year. You can also browse back issues of this magazine here.

The 2024 issue of Irish Botanical News (No. 34) is due to be published in March.

Events of the past year

New Year Plant Hunt

Our thirteenth New Year Plant Hunt was held from 30th December 2023 to 2nd January 2024, when thousands of plant lovers went out plant-hunting across Britain and Ireland, to see what plants could be found flowering in mid-winter and contribute to important climate change research. Thanks to everyone who joined in, and if you missed out, there is always next year! Whatever your skill level - whether you are a complete beginner or a Professor of Botany! -  you can help us build up a clearer picture of how our wild and naturalised plants are responding to changes in autumn and winter weather patterns - and have fun in the process. Read about this year's findings here.

The New Year Plant Hunt generated lots of interest in the Irish media in early 2024: read these articles in the Irish Independent, the Irish Examiner and the Irish Times. Radio interviews with given with Connemara FM ('The Great Outdoors', 8th February) and RTE's 'Mooney Goes Wild' (19th February).

Irish Conferences in 2023

After a summer  of exciting field meetings and Aquatic Plant Project field days, our final event of 2023, the annual Autumn Meeting and AGM, was held this year on Saturday 21st October. This was a great success, with around 75 botanists from all corners of Ireland congregating in the beautiful, autumnal setting of the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin, to meet up with one another and enjoy the fascinating line-up of speakers and workshops.

To see what you missed, or to revisit some of the talks and workshops, visit the Autumn Meeting and AGM page.

Last year's BSBI Irish Spring Conference was held on Saturday, 22nd April 2023 at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. The full programme of excellent talks and workshops enjoyed at this event can be viewed here.

Plant Atlas launch

Plant Atlas 2020 went live in May 2023 - the most in-depth survey of the British and Irish flora ever undertaken. The results for Ireland are summarised on the Plant Atlas 2020 in Ireland page, and you can browse the findings to your heart's content, online, here.

The beautiful 2-volume printed Plant Atlas 2020 is available in bookshops or direct from the publishers - BSBI members can claim a 30% discount when ordering print copies or eBooks. More details can be found on our Plant Atlas 2020 in Ireland page.

Huge thanks are due to everyone who has contributed over the last 20 years to make the Atlas a reality.

2022 Irish Autumn Meeting & AGM

This was held on Saturday, 24th September 2022 at Glasnevin National Botanic Gardens. Fifty botanists really enjoyed meeting up in person and participating in the programme of talks and workshops. All the talks were recorded and you can see them on the Irish Autumn Meeting & AGM page.

Information and Resources

Irish Botanical Projects - current and past BSBI Ireland projects.

Resources for Botanists in Ireland - Recording resources, record centres, Rare Plant Registers, and more.

Irish Botanical News - Our big annual publication edited by Alexis Fitzgerald.

Ireland News Archive - Previous issues of the Irish BSBI Newsletter and older stories from this webpage.

Local BSBI Groups

These are informal groups run by volunteers. They are a great way to improve your skills and meet other botanists. Get involved with a group near you!