Field and indoor meetings
Scroll down to find out about our main national botany meetings this year across Britain & Ireland.
Some are General meetings suitable for everyone, beginner or expert; some are focused on Training, or Recording for Atlas 2020, and some are aimed at the more experienced botanist (these are marked 'Specialist').
Most are free to attend and you don't need to be a BSBI member, although if there are more applicants than spaces available, we reserve the right to prioritise our members.
You can also find out about botany meetings in your area by checking our Local Botany page.
Please click on these links to find out more about the BSBI Annual Summer Meeting and indoor meetings such as the BSBI Recorders' Conference, the Scottish Annual Meeting, Irish and Scottish Conferences, the Welsh AGM and BSBI Annual Exhibition Meeting; and don't forget our New Year Plant Hunt.
Details for our forthcoming national field and indoor meetings are given in full below; they are also published in the BSBI Yearbook, available to BSBI members via the members-only area (password required). There is also an annual Meetings Diary page (also available as a downloadable pdf) which includes all national meetings and some of the meetings held across Britain and Ireland by local botany groups and county recorders. Details for some meetings are provisional and subject to change; other meetings are still in the planning stage. Several meetings have links to on-line booking, so please use these to book if possible. The Meetings programme is updated regularly by Field Meetings Secretary Jon Shanklin, so please keep an eye on this page for any additional meetings or changes to the information published in the BSBI Yearbook.
BSBI Meetings 2019
Saturday 17 August (Recording)
Cashel, Balmaha, Stirling (v.c.86)
Leaders: Matt Harding & Carol Crawford
Join BSBI members in a “Bio-Blitz” at Cashel Forest, a ‘Millennium Forest’ new native woodland on the east shore of Loch Lomond. The aim is to record as many taxa as we can for the Bio-Blitz in an area of new woodland with crags and open moorland, streams, gorge woodland and an area of SSSI Oak woodland. There are baseline biological records available from the late 1990’s when the sheep stock was removed and the native woodland planting started. There has been no grazing since (other than deer) and the woodland is now well established. For further information please contact Matt Harding email@example.com
Saturday 21 September (General, Specialist)
Cotoneasters, Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire (v.c.29)
Leader: Alan Leslie
This meeting is now fully booked. It is a joint meeting with the local group and will concentrate on the identification of the many species of Cotoneaster in the Cherry Hinton chalk pits near Cambridge. In addition to the Cotoneasters we should also see the local speciality of Seseli libanotis (Moon Carrot). The route up to the top of West Pit, where the plant is best seen, is quite steep. Contact Jonathan Shanklin firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the waiting list or for further details.
Saturday 2 November (General)
Scottish Botanists' Conference, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (v.c.83)
Saturday 23 November (General)
Annual Exhibition Meeting and Annual General Meeting
Natural History Museum, London
We return to the NHM for the 2019 Exhibition Meeting and AGM. There will be the usual mix of short talks, displays, posters and book sales, as well as the chance to meet friends, colleagues and other botanists. All welcome. More details will be available soon on the Exhibition Meeting webpage.
BSBI Meetings 2020
Monday 13th-20th July.
Glynhir residential, (v.c. 44 Carmarthenshire )
Leaders: Richard & Kath Pryce
The meeting will cater for both experienced and inexperienced botanists and will provide an opportunity for the informal development of identification skills. Day outings will be tailored to individual needs to cover all skill and fitness abilities. Booking arrangements will be posted up here in early 2020
Our field meetings are a great way to get involved in botany. Most are open to anyone, although members have priority.
If you want to book on a meeting, please contact the leader well in advance because they will fill up - do not just turn up on the day. The field meetings list on this page is the most up-to-date version, superceding the one in the BSBI Yearbook.
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