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Wildlife losses and gains

A new paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution by Charlie Outhwaite et al. focuses on wildlife gains and losses; tribute is paid to volunteer biological recorders,  citizen science and recording schemes including BSBI. The paper is behind a paywall but there is a summary here by Damian Carrington in The Guardian.

Gigi Crompton 1923-2020

We are sorry to report the sad news that Gigi Crompton, Cambridgeshire botanist and long-term/ honorary BSBI member, has died. An obituary by Cambridgeshire County Recorder Alan Leslie will be published in a forthcoming issue of BSBI News; an obituary has already appeared in The Guardian.

New Year Plant Hunt in the media

Coverage of this year's Hunt includes a feature by Joe Shute in The Telegraph and an article by Michael Viney in the Irish Times.

BSBI News is out!

The latest issue of BSBI News has been published and print copies are being mailed out this week to all our members. Non-members can get an idea of what's on offer in this blogpost.

New Year Plant Hunt

Our eighth New Year Plant Hunt ran from 1st to 4th January 2020. Click here for an analysis of the results by BSBI Head of Science Dr Kevin Walker and here to read the press release

BSBI County Recorder in New Year’s Honours List

Trevor James, longterm BSBI County Recorder for Hertfordshire, member of BSBI Publications Committee and Receiving Editor for BSBI News 2008-17, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of his service to nature conservation. Here’s the report in Trevor’s local newspaper. Congratulations to Trevor from everyone at BSBI!

January issue of BSBI eNews published

You can view or download the January issue here and access all back issues of our electronic newsletter for botanical recorders from the eNews webpage.

Non-native plants can provide habitats for a variety of British insects

Some interesting new research from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology: read about it here.

British & Irish Botany: latest issue published

The fourth issue of our on-line, Open Access journal has now been published. This completes Volume 1 (2019) with 23 papers in total. Read about the latest issue, the papers and the authors, here and then go to the British & Irish Botany website to view or download all the papers.

New Flora of Cambridgeshire

Alan Leslie's Flora of Cambridgeshire has now been published - read more about it here.

Field meetings and indoor events

We've refreshed the field meetings and indoor events page: you can now search by month, under county or country, and under one of five categories, making it easier than ever to find and book on to the meetings you want. Take a look.

FISC dates for 2020

Book now for a FISC in 2020 - dates and info here.

Exhibition Meeting

The 2019 Exhibition Meeting, held at the NHM on 23rd November, drew the highest attendance numbers so far (237 people over the course of the day). Abstracts and pdfs of all the talks are now available here and we hope to bring you pdfs and jpegs of the exhibits very soon.

BSBI addresses plant ID skills gap in ecological consultancy

A new paper 'Plants in Practice' argues that the importance of plants is not sufficiently reflected in the professional practice of ecological consultants and looks at how BSBI might help address the plant ID skills gap. Authors are BSBI Head of Science Kevin Walker, BSBI County Recorder for Oxfordshire David Morris, BSBI committee members Jo Parmenter, Jonathan Mitchley and Oli Pescott, and Nicola Hutchinson, Director of Conservation Programmes at Plantlife. View the paper in full here.

Opportunities for botanists

CEH are advertising for 12 field surveyors with "excellent botanical ID skills" full time, fixed term April-Sept 2020. Apply before 7th January 2020.  Find out more here.

BSBI membership special offer

A reminder that our November special offer has opened: new members who join online in November will enjoy the full benefits of BSBI membership for 14 months but will only pay for 12 months! Find out more about the special offer and the benefits here and then head over here to join. Already one of our 3,000+ members? Please forward this link to a friend or colleague who you think would enjoy becoming a BSBI member.

Opportunities for botanists

Annals of Botany/Botany One are advertising for a f/t Oxford-based Editorial Assistant and for a Social Media Assistant (c5 hours per week, annual honorarium of £5K).

State of Nature

The 2019 State of Nature report has just been published and includes plant distribution analyses carried out by CEH on BSBI data. We'd like to thank all our botanical recorders for their contributions to this important report. Download the full report here, find out more here and read what Kevin Walker said about the report here.

Vegetative Key to the British Flora Second Edition

This major new publication by John Poland & Eric Clement is due out in January 2020. The pre-publication offer will be open until the end of December to BSBI members and non-members alike. Click here to read an interview with John Poland about the new edition.

New publications due out this autumn

Read about important new books from BSBI due out this autumn and find out how BSBI members can benefit from exclusive money-saving special offer on the latest BSBI Handbook Gentians of Britain & Ireland and on Grassland plants of the British & Irish lowlands by Pete Stroh, Kevin Walker et al.

BSBI News: September issue is out

Find out what's inside the latest issue of BSBI's thrice yearly newsletter, exclusive to BSBI members.

Marjorie Blamey 1918-2019

Renowned botanical illustrator Marjorie Blamey has just died, aged 101. Read her obituary by Peter Marren in The Guardian.

Calling curators of UK botanical art collections

Interesting opportunity coming up - more here.

New Phytologist: bound copies going free to a good home

Mark Duffell is offering bound copies of New Phytologist - a complete run from Volume 1 (1902) to Volume 160 (2003) - going free to anyone who can collect from Shrewsbury. Contact Mark to discuss.

British & Irish Botany: third issue published

The latest issue of BSBI's online, open access scientific journal has just been published. There's a taster here and you can read or download the whole issue free of charge here.

New resource for Welsh botanists

A new Rare Plant Register has been published for Monmouthshire.

Short-term contract for a botanist

The James Hutton Institute is advertising for a botanist to record vegetation and habitat condition across Scotland during August and September. More here.

Plant Alert: find tomorrow's Japanese knotweed or Himalayan balsam before it jumps the garden fence

The new Plant Alert project aims to identify potentially invasive garden plants before they have a chance to escape and cause problems. Find out more.

Recording the Lesser Butterfly Orchid

Read our full-length interview with Mike Waller, Species Recovery Officer for the Lesser Butterfly Orchid, on the BSBI News blog.

Wild flowers in The Spectator

Political journalist and BSBI botanist Isabel Hardman tells readers of The Spectator about 'Why does no-one know what British Wild flowers look like? And why it matters' and  'How to spot British wildflowers'.

New BSBI Ireland Officer now in post

Dr Sarah Pierce, BSBI's new Ireland Officer, has now taken up her post. Contact details, photo etc. on our Who's Who page and Ireland page; interview to follow.

The inconstant sex of annual mercury

This post on the Botany One website summarises a fascinating new paper about Mercurialis annua. Subscribe to Botany One's weekly email for a round-up of all the latest botanical news from across the world.

Aquatic Plant Project

A new project has been launched in Ireland to help people get to grips with the identification of aquatic plants. Find out more here.

The paper everyone is talking about

Across the media in recent days, people have been talking about this paper: 'World's largest plant survey reveals alarming extinction rate'

National Plant Monitoring Scheme: latest news

The NPMS webpage has been updated with links to this year's training sessions for NPMS surveyors; a video where Dr Oli Pescott (CEH) explains why the NPMS is such a valuable citizen science scheme; and an interview between BSBI's Communications Officer and the NPMS volunteer co-ordinator which tells you everything you've ever wanted to know about the scheme.

BSBI News April issue published

Here's a taster of what's in the latest issue! If you're a BSBI member and your copy hasn't arrived: first check that you remembered to renew your membership subscription (we can't send you anything if your membership has lapsed!) and contact membership secretary Gwynn Ellis if you're still not sure.

Scottish Newsletter: latest issue published

Download the 2019 issue from the new Scottish Newsletter webpage, where you will also find back issues dating back to 1979.

Open Access paper published about the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS)

Important new paper published 26/4/2019 on the design, launch and assessment of the NPMS. Co-authored by Oli Pescott (CEH, BSBI Records & Research Committee); Kevin Walker (BSBI Head of Science); & colleagues from Plantlife, JNCC and CEH. Download the paper in full here.

Amazing work by BSBI County Recorders!

Our wonderful County Recorders have been working incredibly hard. Read their collated Annual Reports on the England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales pages. They give a taste of what our 150+ (volunteer) County Recorders get up to throughout the year. We'd like to say a great big THANK YOU to them for all their excellent work.

Irish Botanical News: latest issue published

Download your free copy of Irish Botanical News from this new webpage, where you can also find all back issues since 1991. Discover more about BSBI periodicals and how you can access them.

Latest news from the Isle of Arran

Find out here about the new Arran's Flora checklist and news of one of Arran's rare whitebeams.

Conference PPTs available to download

12 PPTs from the Irish BSBI Spring Conference and 8 from the Scottish Spring Conference are now available to download from the Irish Conferences webpage and the Scottish Conferences webpage.

First ever county Flora for the Isle of Bute

Find out more here about this new county Flora for one of the Clyde Islands and the pre-publication offer exclusive to BSBI members.

BSBI is NHBS Publisher of the Month

BSBI has been chosen as the Natural History Book Service's Publisher of the Month for April. More here.

National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS): spring relaunch

The 2019 NPMS survey season has started. Find out more about the scheme, and what it has to offer for BSBI botanists, here.

Interesting new paper

'Grazing exclusion and vegetation change in an upland grassland with patches of tall herbs' by Sarah H. Watts et al. has been published in Applied Vegetation Science. Find it here.

Videos for plant ID

A new webpage offers links to various short videos to aid plant ID, including several from Tim Rich of Plant Crib and BSBI Handbooks fame.

Paper on species indicators for calcareous grassland

This paper by Markus Wagner et al. is available to download free of charge until the end of March.

County Floras webpage

Our new County Floras webpage offers a quick and easy way to track down 500+ County Floras. Many thanks to David Pearman who put together the County Floras Excel spreadsheet and updated it in February 2019. He has also put together a spreadsheet of Rare Plant Registers.

Stace 4 name changes

Martin Rand, County Recorder for South Hampshire, has very kindly compiled a list of all the name changes in Clive Stace's New Flora of the British Isles ed.4 (2019).  You can download a pdf of the list from our new Taxon Lists webpage.

2019 Exhibition Meeting

This year's Exhibition Meeting and AGM will take place on Saturday 23rd November. Find out what happened in previous years on our new Exhibition Meeting archive page.

Welsh Bulletin published

The latest issue of the Welsh Bulletin has been published and is available to download free of charge from our Wales page. You can also download back issues from our new Welsh Bulletin archive page.

Website upgrade

This website underwent a major upgrade in February. We hope that you can still find all your favourite pages but that you will also find lots more to enjoy.  We would encourage you to look through the A-Z Site Map. It should also be your first port of call if you can’t find the page you’re looking for. If you have any comments about the upgrades to the website, positive or negative, or suggestions of how we might do things differently, please email Louise to discuss.

Take a FISC in 2019 - 5 new locations

We've just added 5 new locations across England where you can take a FISC (Field Identification Skills Certificate) in 2019. Find out more here.

British & Irish Botany: first issue published!

Head over here to read all about BSBI's new Open Access scientific journal and then go to our British & Irish Botany website to register and start downloading papers. If you want to discuss a submission, if you hit any problems registering or if you want to offer feedback on a paper you've read, email us here.

BSBI grants for 2019

Applications have now closed for BSBI Training Grants, Plant Study Grants and Science & Research grants have now closed and open again on 1st January 2020 but you can still find details of grants from other organisations on our Grants page.

BSBI News: latest issue published

BSBI members can expect to receive their copy of our thrice-yearly newsletter by the end of January. Head over here for a sneaky peek or (if you're not yet a BSBI member) to see some of the delights on offer.

BSBI past President John Faulkner recognised in New Year's honours list

Head over to the BSBI Ireland page to find out more.

New Year Plant Hunt

This year's New Year Plant Hunt has now ended and Kevin Walker's analysis of your results is available to download here.

Gentians galore!

A paper by Tim Rich, Andy McVeigh and Clive Stace has just been published listing new taxa and new combinations in the British flora. Many are in the family Gentianaceae and you can also now download a pdf of Tim's Gentians talk, given at the BSBI Recorders' Conference in October.

Ash die-back: new paper

Interesting open access paper on ash die-back just published in the first issue of a new journal called Plants - People - Planet. Read the paper here.

Focus on herbaria

BSBI President Chris Metherell is behind a new initiative to encourage botanists across Britain & Ireland to use their local herbarium (use it or lose it!). To support Chris's initiative, we've set up a new Herbaria webpage with some great resources - links to articles, videos and a herbarium curators' feed on Twitter; a spreadsheet showing contact details for herbaria across Britain and Ireland; and a direct link to the new Gmail account where you can contact Chris about all things herbaria. If you can help update contact details for any of the 167 herbaria on the list, Chris would love to hear from you.

Twig Key update

John Poland's Field Key to Winter Twigs has now been published; copies have been mailed out to everyone who pre-ordered a copy.

BSBI Annual Exhibition Meeting...

... was another great success! We are uploading the talks and exhibits here and you can read what people had to say about the event, and see photos taken on the day, by clicking here.

BSBI Recorders' Conference...

was a great success! Read all about it here and download pdfs of all the talks and some of the workshop hand-outs here.

Future botanical projects: consulting BSBI members

BSBI Council is seeking the views of all our members on potential recording projects that might follow the completion of Atlas 2020. Download the consultation form from the (password-protected) members-only area of this website.

"Surviving plants and insects are tougher than we think"...

So says lead researcher John Redhead (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) talking about a paper just published and based on 30 years of citizen science. Click on the links to find out more.

Big savings on European Garden Flora

Thanks to Martin Rand, County Recorder for South Hampshire, for pointing out that the European Garden Flora, which usually costs more than £700, is currently available here for £100. Many thanks to Martin for tipping us all off to this special offer!

New paper from Floodplain Meadows Partnership

Thanks to a grant from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, the Floodplain Meadows Partnership has published a paper assessing the value of floodplain land-uses; recommendations include grassland management to enhance biodiversity. Download the paper free of charge here.

Volunteering with BSBI

We have a new volunteering page with details of a range of volunteering opportunities, both with BSBI and on BSBI partner projects such as the National Plant Monitoring Scheme and Wild Flower Hour. Check out also our Vacancies page with details of two volunteer vacancies, one for a Treasurer and one for a Company Secretary.

Help with identifying subspecies of Puccinellia distans (Reflexed Saltmarsh-grass)

A pdf is now available to download from the Identification page - thanks to Andy Amphlett, County Recorder for Banffshire, for this new ID resource.

Sell & Murrell: Flora of Great Britain and Ireland Vol. 1

Volume 1, the final volume of this 5-volume masterwork, has now been published: read more about it on the BSBI News & Views blog here. Cambridge University Press has kindly allowed us to make the discussion on variation, from the introduction to Volume 1, available as a free download. Access it here where you can also read Gina Murrell's tribute to Peter Sell and find out about the special offer open to BSBI members wishing to purchase the Flora.

Presidents' Award 2018

The winners have been announced of the 2018 Presidents' Award, made jointly by the Presidents of the BSBI and the Wild Flower Society. Find out who this year's winners are here.

New paper about Dwarf Birch (Betula nana)

The open access paper 'Genetic diversity maintained among fragmented populations of a tree undergoing range contraction' by J.S. Borrell, N. Wang, R.A. Nichols & R.J.A. Buggs, can be read in full here.

New website for University of Reading Herbarium

Great to see a very swish new website for the UoR Herbarium, with sections on the special collections, on related research projects and on how to make a herbarium specimen, and lots of opportunities to get involved as a herbarium volunteer.

New paper in Nature co-authored by Kevin Walker

A new paper 'Extinction risk from climate change is reduced by microclimatic buffering' has been published in Nature, co-authored by Kevin Walker.

BSBI on Instagram!

BSBI now has an Instagram account - click here to view the account, use the link in the header or check out our Instagram feed in the column on the right!

Article in Nature on 'The lost art of looking at plants'

An article published in Nature earlier this year argues that "advances in genomics and imaging are reviving a fading discipline" - read the article here and see if you agree!

Presentations from the 2018 Scottish Conference now available to download

Download the presentations here.

Resources to download

New on the BSBI Resources page: the latest GB Red List for vascular plants, and updated guidance on using or buying a GPS.

BSBI publishes policies on Safeguarding and on Personal Data

Today (25th May) is the day when GDPR legislation takes effect so, in the pursuit of good governance and to meet our obligations as a registered charity, BSBI has taken the opportunity to publish policies on both Personal Data and also on Safeguarding. Both policies can be viewed and/ or downloaded from our Governance webpage. If you have any questions about these policies, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to offer clarification.

BSBI Head of Science co-authors paper on open data

Kevin Walker, BSBI Head of Science, is a co-author on 'Overcoming the challenges of public data archiving for citizen science biodiversity recording and monitoring schemes' published this month in the Journal of Applied Ecology. A bit more info about the paper here.

Paper on potentially invasive garden plants

Published in Biological Invasions: 'Working with gardeners to identify potential invasive ornamental garden plants: testing a citizen science approach' by Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz & Judith Conroy. BSBI botanists participated in the survey and are thanked in the acknowledgements.

BSBI expert plant referee assists HRH the Prince of Wales

HRH commissioned paintings of 124 Transylvanian wild flowers and BSBI's John Akeroyd selected the plants to be illustrated. More here.

Paper on the plants of hay-meadows

Published on 22nd May in Folia Geobotanica: 'Long-term hay meadow management maintains the target community despite local-scale species turnover' by Elizabeth Sullivan, Ian Powell & Paul Ashton (Chair of BSBI's Training Committee). Read the full paper here.

Wildflowers and roadside verges: BSBI contributes to news coverage

BSBI Head of Science Kevin Walker is quoted in an article published today (14th May) by Roger Harrabin for BBC Science News, about the impacts of nitrogen deposition and over-zealous cutting on plant assemblages found on roadside verges. There is also an article in The Telegraph which uses the same quote from Kevin.

Threatened Plants in Britain and Ireland: reprinted

This BSBI publication from late 2017 proved incredibly successful - the first print run sold out within weeks. We're delighted to tell you that the book has just been reprinted and is available again as of today, 10th May. More here.

New county webpage for Co. Antrim

A new webpage has been created for Co. Antrim, featuring local contacts (including the County Recorder and the Ulster Botany Group),  details of field meetings, information about recording in the county, a very elegant map showing number of species recorded in each Antrim hectad, botanical puzzles, and images of local recorders in action.

New paper on change in Scottish grasslands

Read 'Decline in atmospheric sulphur deposition and changes in climate are the major drivers of long-term change in grassland plant communities in Scotland' by Ruth Mitchell et al. in full here (no subscription needed).

Friends of Oliver Rackham: newsletter

The 10th newsletter of the Friends of Oliver Rackham has been published - you can download it here.

High impact paper on emerging alien species uses BSBI data

A paper co-authored by BSBI Head of Science Kevin Walker and David Pearman titled 'Global rise in emerging alien species results from increased accessibility of new source pools' is published today 8th February in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. It uses BSBI data which also appear in David's recent 'first dates' book; access the paper here (subscription required) and there is a note about the paper on the IUCN News website here.

New paper on Seed bank dynamics in restored grassland

Just published: 'Seed bank dynamics in restored grassland following the sowing of high- and low-diversity seed mixtures' by Markus Wagner, Kevin Walker (BSBI Head of Science) & Richard Pywell. More here.

Poster of flowering plants showing relationships between families

This poster is proving very popular on social media and looks like an excellent educational tool.

Fortnightly botany podcasts

Are you following the Wild Flower (Half) Hour podcasts? There are five so far and the latest features three BSBI members: Kevin Widdowson on winter tree ID; Dave Steere on his botanical journey from beginner botanist to valued Atlas 2020 recorder in just four years; and Ciara Sugrue talking about the New Year Plant Hunt. Catch up with this latest podcast (and numbers 1-4) on the Wild Flower (Half) Hour podcast page.

New Code of Conduct published

BSBI's Sarah Whild, and Fred Rumsey (Natural History Museum) have produced the BSBI Code of Conduct 2017, an updated version of  the 2010 Code. You can download the new Code from the Resources page and there's some background about it here.

Botany podcast

The first Wild Flower Half Hour podcast has now gone live and it features interviews with Leif Bersweden, author of The Orchid Hunter, Dr Trevor Dines of Plantlife talking about their Back from the Brink project and BSBI's Comms Officer Louise Marsh talking about #wildflowerhour, the New Year Plant Hunt and how to get involved in spotting wild flowers in winter. You can listen to the podcast here.

Michael Proctor 1929-2017

Read Peter Marren's obituary of Michael Proctor for The Guardian here.

Training the Trainers

The 2017 Training the Trainers event for botanical trainers was a huge success! There's a short report here and you can see some of the presentations here - more to follow.

Transparency and good governance

BSBI is always striving to become more accountable and to encourage all our members to take an interest in how the society is governed. We have therefore made our Governance website accessible to all BSBI members, so they can view minutes of all meetings of BSBI Council, country and standing committees and the Board of Trustees. Head over to our members-only area (password required) for access details.

Sad news

We are hearing very sad news that eminent botanist Michael Proctor, a BSBI member since 1950 and former editor of Watsonia, has just died. We'll let you know when we have more information and there will be an obituary in due course but for now, BSBI sends condolences to Michael's family.

Threatened Plants in Britain and Ireland

This long-awaited publication from the BSBI Science Team can be ordered now by BSBI members and will be available for non-members to buy in November. Threatened Plants in Britain and Ireland focuses on 50 wild flower species surveyed by 800+ volunteers under BSBI's Threatened Plants Project. Find out more here and here.

The Discovery of the Native Flora of Britain & Ireland

A pre-publication offer is now available for this title, the latest book from David Pearman, which attempts to answer the question, who first described our native plants? Over 450 pages, The Discovery of the Native Flora of Britain & Ireland comprises accounts of the first records of 1670 taxa in Britain and Ireland. Find out more here and here.

New BSBI Species Accounts

Five new species accounts are now available here, courtesy of BSBI's Science Team.

The Flora of St Kilda has been published

This new Flora, authored by Prof Mick Crawley (BSBI County Recorder for East Sutherland and for Berkshire) is available to purchase here.

New paper on Field Fleawort as an indicator species

A paper has just been published on 'Longterm changes in lowland calcareous grassland plots using  Tephroseris integrifolia subsp. integrifolia as an indicator species'. Authored by BSBI Scientific Officer Pete Stroh and BSBI members Oli Pescott and Owen Mountford, you can download the full paper free of charge here.

Free "Veg Key" for Kindle or smartphone

This special two-day offer has now closed but it was seen by an astonishing 51,000 people on BSBI's Facebook page alone and 2,620 free eBook copies were downloaded. You can still get your hands on a copy of Poland & Clement's Vegetative Key to the British flora but will now have to pay for it, sorry! More here.

New paper on alien taxa

BSBI Head of Science Dr Kevin Walker has co-authored a new paper titled 'Risk management to prioritise the eradication of new and emerging invasive non-native species'. Click here to download the paper, published in the August issue of Biological Invasions.

How will climate change affect our wild flowers?

BSBI's Head of Science Dr Kevin Walker is a co-author on a newly published paper in the journal Biological Conservation which assesses the impact of climate change on the distribution of over 3,000 British plants and animals across 17 taxonomic groups. Click here to download the paper in full.

Vegetation monitoring

Click here to download 'Long-term vegetation monitoring in Great Britain - the Countryside Survey 1978-2007 and beyond'.

Garden plants and invasive species

In 2015, BSBI members contributed to a survey aimed at trying to identify garden plants likely to become invasive in future. The authors have now published a paper based on the data collected. You can read 'Integrating invasive species policies across ornamental horticulture supply chains to prevent plant invasions' in full by clicking here.

Are Beech trees native to Scotland?

According to researchers at the University of Stirling - yes they are! More here or go straight to the abstract. The full paper appears in the latest issue of Journal of Biogeography.

New paper on change in Scottish grassland vegetation

Click here to see the abstract of 'Forty years of change in Scottish grassland vegetation: Increased richness, decreased diversity and increased dominance' by Mitchell et al. newly published in Biological Conservation.

The State of the World’s Plants 2017 report has been published by RBG Kew

The 2017 report builds on its predecessor (2016) by highlighting emerging trends threatening our global flora, examining likely future ‘winners and losers’ and looking at how the international community is taking action to maintain diversity and sustainable use. Download the report here:

BSBI and five other wildlife organisations call for action to cut air pollution

Letter from BSBI and five other organisations published in The Guardian today, 15th June. More here.

And the Presidents' Award for 2017 goes to...

The award, which is presented annually by Presidents of BSBI and the Wild Flower Society, was this year given to Tom Humphrey in recognition of his work on the BSBI Database. Click here to read about the presentation, made by BSBI President John Faulkner at the BSBI Summer Meeting and here to read about the history of the Presidents' Award and some of the past recipients.

Lots of botanical activity in Co. Kerry

Co. Kerry played host in June to one of the highlights of BSBI Ireland's recording year: read about the #KerryBSBIevent here and here. There is also a new webpage for Co. Kerry here which links to the new local group's Facebook page.

Welsh 'domesday book for plants'

Wales has become the first country in the world to have published a Rare Plant Register for every county. Read the press release here and see reports on both the Welsh Officer's blog here, here and here and on the BSBI News & Views blog here, here and here.

New paper in Nature using BSBI data

BSBI Head of Science Kevin Walker is a co-author on a paper published in the latest issue of Nature. Kevin tells us the paper is "based partly on David Pearman's first records database". The paper is titled 'No saturation in the accumulation of alien species worldwide' and you can download it here.

BSBI County Recorder awarded MBE

Robert Northridge, Chair of BSBI Committee for Ireland, BSBI County Recorder for Cavan and joint County Recorder for Fermanagh, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List. More here.

Vascular plant Red List for Ireland

A new Red List for the vascular plants of Ireland has just been published and can be downloaded here. The Red List is dedicated to BSBI's County Recorders and the foreword says: "This work could not have been undertaken without the huge contribution made by the BSBI Vice-county Recorders, past and present, whose records, gathered both in the field and from the literature, form the bulk of the BSBI’s Vascular Plant Database and Distribution Database used in this analysis, and who kindly provided them for the Red List project – to them this Red List is sincerely dedicated."

Vegetative Guide to British Orchids

Mike Waller's 'Beginner's vegetative guide to orchids of the British Isles' has now been published and can be downloaded free of charge here.

Back copies of botanical journals

We have received several offers from members around the country of print runs of botanical journals, available free of charge to anybody willing to collect them. Titles include: Journal of Botany; The Naturalist (both from late 19th/early 20th century); Watsonia; BSBI Yearbook; and Botanical Society and Exchange Club Proceedings. If you are interested, please contact us and we can let you know what is available for collection in your area.

New paper on food for pollinators

Hicks et al.: Quantifying the Nectar and Pollen Resources of Urban Flower Meadows is available here and it's Open Access.

Interesting new paper by BSBI member

Click here to read 'A systematic florula of a disturbed urban habitat: Pavements of Sheffield, England' by Oli Pescott.

New service launched

CEH has just launched a new service for assessing the risk of the presence of  Japanese Knotweed. This new service is based in large part on data collected by BSBI members. Find out more here.

Interesting paper...

Markus Wagner (CEH) et al.: Cereal density and N-fertiliser effects on the flora and biodiversity value of arable headlands. More here.

The State of Nature report 2016 has been published...

... and BSBI is proud to be a partner. More here about how BSBI's volunteers contributed plant data and our Science Team helped with the analysis. See the State of Nature infographic here and download the full report here.

New site found for Killarney Fern

Images on left of gametophyte and sporophyte of Killarney Fern (Trichomanes speciosum) - a new site was found last weekend in West Cork, during the Cork Recording Event.

Hybrid Flora awarded Engler Silver Medal and short-listed for Marsh Book Award 2016

More here and here. Many congratulations to co-authors Clive Stace, Chris Preston and David Pearman.

J.P. Grime: Scaling up to Communities and Ecosystems

A commentary by J.P. Grime is available here on the Journal of Ecology blog on a set of papers (1965-2007) from the Journal of Ecology reproduced online in December 2013.

Sharing images of plants in bloom: #wildflowerhour

Every Sunday, 8-9pm, hundreds of people are using this hashtag to share images of wild plants seen in bloom during the previous week across Britain and Ireland. A few of those images are shared (with permission) down the left-hand side of this page. You don't need a Twitter account to see the images flooding in every Sunday - just click on the BSBI Twitter account or the #wildflowerhour live tab at 8pm.

Plant species richness is increasing - according to long-term environmental studies

UK Environmental Change Network has published the results of studies carried out over the past twenty years. More here.

Preliminary findings from the Orchid Observers project

Read the results so far: they are here on the Natural History Museum blog.

Two new Rare Plant Registers published

Download the Rare Plant Register for Ayrshire and for Dumfriesshire here - you can also see all the counties for whom a Rare Plant Register has been produced.

Arable wild flower App launched

CEH has launched an App to help farmers and landowners identify and record their arable wild flowers. More info here.

Collecting seed for the Millenium Seed Bank

Read more here about BSBI Scientific Officer Pete Stroh's experience of seed collecting for the Millenium Seed Bank and how you can get involved.

National Plant Monitoring Schemes: launched in Ireland, flourishing in Britain

A Plant Monitoring Scheme has now been launched in the Republic of Ireland: more info here. Meanwhile the UK's National Plant Monitoring Scheme goes from strength to strength: check out the Spring newsletter here (article by Kevin Walker on page 5); read what Pete Stroh spotted while out surveying for the NPMS; find NPMS training sessions here.

Five Island Bioblitz held in Ireland

Find out more here and here.

New population of Teesdalia nudicaulis found at Thursley Heath NNR

Find out more here on the News & Views blog or read the Natural England press release here.

New technical handbook on floodplain meadows

Now available to download from the Floodplain Meadows Partnership.

Are agricultural management and climatic change the major drivers of biodiversity change in the UK?

A recent Open Access paper in PLOS ONE titled 'Agricultural Management and Climatic Change Are the Major Drivers of Biodiversity Change in the UK' is available in full here. The paper is co-authored by BSBI Head of Science Kevin Walker and BSBI Scientific Officer Pete Stroh.

Angiosperm Phylogeny Group

An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG IV was published on 24 March 2016. Early View access has now ended but the paper is available on pay-to-view here.

Millennium Seed Bank

Can you help collect seed for Kew Gardens’ Millennium Seed Bank? There are 500 species still to collect for. Read more...

The Robert Pocock Herbarium Project

Robert Pocock was Gravesend's first local historian, printer, creator of its first public library and botanist. In the early 1800's he began a collection of local plants for his herbarium or dried plant collection. Long after his death, the herbarium was donated to the Natural History Museum in London. The herbarium sheets are still there, amongst many thousands of others, effectively 'lost' to us for 200 years! The aim of the project is to find this unique record of Gravesend's botanical heritage and make images of the plant specimens available to us all. To date we have found over 180 specimen sheets.

Follow our progress at and on our Facebook page See images of the plants on Facebook and Flickr (links are on the website, or search for Robert Pocock Herbarium).

Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris ) - frosted but flowering #wildflowerhour

Image by James Faulconbridge

Harebell (Scottish Bluebell) in bloom at Striding Edge, Lake District, 23/7/2016. Image: Alistair Whyte 

Dwarf Succisa pratensis in two colours, on coastal heath in Mayo. #wildflowerhour 21/8/2016 Image: Rory Hodd 

Pipewort on Skye, August 2016. Image courtesy of Simon Harrap.

Thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) in flower. Image: Timothy Body

Carex magellanica in Tyrone, shared via #wildflowerhour 21/8/2016 Image: Rory Hodd. Near Threatened in England.  

Sea Clover (Trifolium squamosum) Portland Dorset 22/6/16. Image: Karen Woolley 

Bog Asphodel in South Wales, 22/6/2016. Image: Dave Steere 

Hybrid goosefoot Atriplex prostrata x glabriuscula spotted at Arnside by BSBI member Howard Beck, October 2019. New for Cumbria

On the BSBI News & Views blog: December 2019

We told you about the publication of the Flora of Cambridgeshire by Alan Leslie; we alerted you to the publication of the fourth issue of British & Irish Botany; there were two posts by recipients of BSBI Training Grants – one by Claire and one by Julie – in the run-up to grant applications going live here on 1st January; we brought you a Christmas message from Lynne Farrell, BSBI’s new President; and there was a post about the forthcoming New Year Plant Hunt in which we hope you will all take part.

Bell heather and cowberry cling to a rock face on Iona. Spotted by @mclaverock for #wildflowerhour August 2018

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Pyramidal orchid spotted June 2018 at Godrevy, Cornwall by ecologist David Matheson

Hawthorn photographed by Geraldine Murray, May 2018

Dwarf Spurge photographed at Saltmills, Co. Wexford 12th November 2017 for #wildflowerhour. Previous tetrad record was in 1888. Image: Paula O'Meara

Bristly Ox-tongue photographed for #wildflowerhour in Kent, November 2017. Image: David B. Burbridge

News from the Science Team

*NEW* Kevin Walker co-authored a paper just published in Nature. Click on the link to read it in full: 'Extinction risk from climate change is reduced by microclimatic buffering'.

Kevin Walker and Pete Stroh have been on the Isle of Colonsay recording towards a new Flora of the island Read about their visit here.

Kevin Walker is a co-author on 'Overcoming the challenges of public data archiving for citizen science biodiversity recording and monitoring schemes' published this month in the Journal of Applied Ecology. A bit more info about the paper here.

Kevin Walker is quoted in an article published today (14th May) by Roger Harrabin for BBC Science News, about the impacts of nitrogen deposition and over-zealous cutting on plant assemblages found on roadside verges. There is also an article in The Telegraph which uses the same quote from Kevin.

Kevin Walker co-authored a high impact paper titled 'Global rise in emerging alien species results from increased accessibility of new source pools' published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. It uses BSBI data which also appear in David Pearman's recent 'first dates' book; access the paper here (subscription required) and there is a note about the paper on the IUCN News website here.

Kevin Walker also co-authored a paper 'Seed bank dynamics in restored grassland following the sowing of high- and low-diversity seed mixtures'. More here.

Pete Stroh co-authored a paper on Field Fleawort as an indicator species for longterm changes in lowland calcareous grassland plots. You can download the full paper free of charge here.

Kevin Walker co-authored a paper titled 'Risk management to prioritise the eradication of new and emerging invasive non-native species'. Click here to download the paper, published in the August issue of Biological Invasions.

Pete Stroh is writing eight new Species Accounts - he has just completed Orobanche reticulata and is "currently drafting Medicago minima".

Kevin Walker is revising a paper on threatened species on SSSIs for Biological Conservation (assisted by Pete) and "completing a paper on analysis of traits of threatened grassland species".

Pete Stroh has been "editing and formatting completed species accounts for Natural Resources Wales and Natural England for a future Scarce Grasslands book". He also liaised with County Recorders across England over their Annual Reports for 2016.

Kevin Walker says he's been "commenting on BTO papers, one on open data access and one on the risks and benefits of climate change for British wildlife (analysis of 17 groups including vascular plants). The full report is available here and the paper should be published later in 2017 all being well".

Pete Stroh is "editing and formatting completed species accounts for Natural Resources Wales and Natural England for a future book on Scarce Grasslands".

Kevin Walker and Pete Stroh are finalising the Introduction to their book about the Threatened Plants Project, which is "in an advanced stage of preparation".

Kevin Walker starts working on a preliminary analysis of New Year Plant Hunt records on 10th January. 

Pete Stroh's first task in January is liaising with County Recorders in England over Annual Reports for 2016.

Kevin Walker has been researching current distribution of Hydrocotyle ranunculoides as "it seems to be exploding due to a run of mild winters". More here.

Pete Stroh has completed the latest batch of Species Accounts and they can be downloaded here.

Kevin says: "I've been completing assessment of impacts for 14 invasive plants as part of the Non-Native Species Secretariat workshop. I'm also working on introductory analyses and chapters for the Threatened Plants Book".

Kevin Walker tells us what he's working on this month and Pete Stroh talks about surveying for the National Plant Monitoring Scheme and collecting seed for the Millenium Seed Bank.

Kevin & Pete: "Are you interested in the results of the Threatened Plants Project? We have now completed all the accounts and are editing them for publication!"

Pete Stroh says: "I've a small project with CUBG investigating the soil seed longevity of Iberis amara. More here on the BSBI Science page."

Kevin Walker says:" "I'm currently working on a paper outlining the development of the NPMS including how we chose the habitats, species, methods, etc. As part of this I've had to summarise all semi-natural habitats covered in one table. Quite a feat!"

Mudwort photographed for #wildflowerhour in Dorset, September 2017, by Karen Woolley.

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Greater Knapweed photographed for #wildflowerhour in Fife, August 2017 by Heather Kelly

Rowan berries and flowers, photographed in Edinburgh, August 2017. Image: Janet Wyllie.

Bearberry (on left) & Alpine Bearberry #wildflowerhour June 2017. Image: Andy Amphlett, County Recorder for Banffshire

Marsh Helleborine photographed by Dave Steere #wildflowerhour June 2017

Heath Speedwell photographed by Jane Rock for #wildflowerhour June 2017

Nottingham Catchfly (Silene nutans) photographed by Gus Routledge at St Cyrus NR #wildflowerhour June 2017 Download the Species Account for Silene nutans here.

Scarlet Pimpernel photographed by Zach Haynes at Nosterfield Nature Reserve in North Yorkshire for  #wildflowerhour 30/4/2017.  Zach is also BBC Wildlife Magazine's Junior Blogger of the Year.

Corn salad (Valerianella sp.) photographed in Cornwall by Kevin Thomas for #wildflowerhour 23/4/2017.

Sea Campion Photographed on Sidmouth beach 4/12/2016 by Karen Woolley

White form of Common stork's-bill blooming in Devon November 2016 #wildflowerhour Image by Karen Woolley

Self-heal close-up November 2016 #wildflowerhour Image: J. Lyon 

Butcher's Broom in flower November 2016 #wildflowerhour Image: Kate Gold 

Sow-thistle 'clock' November 2016 #wildflowerhour Image: Mike Robinson 

Cowberry flowering in the Cairngorms, October 2016 #wildflowerhour Image: Karen Woolley

Sporophyte (above) and gametophyte (below) of Killarney Fern, Trichomanes speciosum. Found at a new site (a secret location in West Cork) during the #CorkRecordingEvent. September 2016. Images courtesy of R. Hodd.

Cornish Moneywort flowering in Somerset September 2016 #wildflowerhour Download the Species Account here. Image: Karen Woolley.

Ray's Knotgrass seen 21/8/2016 in Devon. Image: Karen Woolley 

Norwegian Mugwort on Cul Mor, Wester Ross. August 2016  #wildflowerhour Image: Simon Harrap

Mountain avens in fruit, Durness, August 2016 #wildflowerhour Image: Ian Andrews. Download the Species Account here

Basil thyme (Clinopodium acinos) in the Avon Gorge #wildflowerhour 19th June 2016. Download the Species Account here. Image: David Hawkins.

Tory Island, one of the locations for Ireland's first ever Five Island BioBlitz, June 2016.  Image: Oisin Duffy