In light of Covid-19, the BSBI Trustees have recently decided to cancel all remaining BSBI field meetings for 2020. We are really sorry about this but our members’ safety is most important. Leaders of BSBI local groups should note that they cannot run events under the BSBI name, and we can't advertise or offer support or insurance for those local group events.
Hopefully we'll be able to resume field meetings and events as usual in 2021 (assuming government guidance allows). In the meantime, if you choose to go out botanising individually or with a few others, we urge you to ensure you follow all current government guidance around social distancing and other Covid-19 prevention measures, as well as more general safe practices for field work. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our Head of Ops.
2019 VC Annual Reports
Every year we ask Recorders to summarise the most interesting and exciting news from their Vice-counties in less than 250 words. Here are their 2019 Annual Reports. Take a look - it is a great read! Previous Annual Reports can be seen at the bottom of this page.
Scottish Botanists' Conference 2019
The 2019 Scottish Botanists' Conference took place on Saturday 2nd November at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. A record attendance of 200 enjoyed a great day of botanical talks, workshops, exhibits, posters and meeting people.
Our main speaker was Prof Richard Crawford who gave a talk Plants at the margin in a changing climate.
Click Scottish Botanists' Conference to see the programme, presentations, abstracts and a virtual exhibition.
BSBI beginners' Sedges and Grasses workshops in 2020
Sadly, due to coronavirus, we have had to cancel this year's programme of workshops for beginners - two on sedges & rushes and two on grasses. The sedges & rushes workshops were scheduled to be in Dumfries on 6 June and Kinross on 13 June; and the grasses workshops were in Dunkeld on 27 June and Hamilton on 11 July.
It is increasingly doubtful that we will be able to reschedule them this year, but we do hope we can hold them in 2021. Watch this space!
BSBI Plant identification workshop for beginners
We've also had to cancel the Identifying Wildflower Families workshop planned for 31st May at Holyrood in Edinburgh.
The workshop was the latest in the popular series we have been running for over six years that aims to help beginners to identify plant families and species.
Scottish Local Groups
Get in touch with your local group to find out about local botanical field meetings:
- Dumfriesshire run by Chris Miles
- Kirkcudbrightshire - David Hawker
- Lanarkshire - Michael Philip
- East Lothian - Marion Moir
- West Lothian - Jay Mackinnon
- Fife - Sandy Edwards
- Perthshire - Perthshire Society of Natural Sciences
- Moray - Ian Green
- Highlands - Inverness Botany Group