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Field Meetings


This Summary of Field Meetings is of all BSBI meetings and those run by county recorders and local groups. It is updated weekly by Jon Shanklin, so please check here for any changes to published schedules. Forms and instructions and contact details for the BSBI field meetings secretaries are at the foot of this page.  Details for the national meetings are given in full below.

Apple blossom (Alex Lockton)

Saturday 24th October (Training): The Saltmarsh in Autumn, Marshside, Southport (v.c. 59)

Leader: Peter Gateley

This late season field meeting aims to demonstrate that autumn colour is not the unique prerogative of woodlands; saltmarshes also adopt a wide range of colours as well as including some surprisingly late flowering plants. The plan is for a maximum party of 15 people to head out from the car park immediately south of the former sand-winning plant and follow the tide out through the vegetation zones, reaching bare mud out in the estuary. Hopefully there will be small selection of Glassworts (Salicornia species) on hand to hone our identification skills. Wellingtons would be appropriate footwear and please come equipped for poor weather and bring a packed lunch and a drink.  Meet at 10.30 a.m. in the car park at SD352204, also the car park for the RSPB Marshside reserve.  The day will finish at approximately 4.00 p.m.  Contact Peter Gateley by email or phone 01695 572794 for further details and/or to book for the trip.


Saturday, 28th November: Annual Exhibition Meeting and AGM, Natural History Museum, London

There will be a mix of short talks, displays, posters and book stalls and the chance to meet friends, colleagues and other botanists.   Doors will open to exhibitors at 09:30 and to members at 10:30.  Talks in the morning, starting at 11:30 will focus on some of the BSBI field meetings that have taken place across Britain & Ireland during 2015.  The AGM will take place at 12:30.  Afternoon talks will provide an update on some BSBI and partner projects, with a keynote talk on “Aliens”.  The meeting will close at 17:00.  Catering is available from the Natural History Museum, or you can bring your own food and drink.  All welcome.  For further details will appear on the AEM web page at




Friday, 15th - Monday, 18th April (Recording Specialist/Training): Taraxacum workshop, location to be confirmed (v.c. 5). 

Leader: John Richards: Organiser: Simon Leach

This workshop on Taraxacum (Dandelion) offers an opportunity to improve identification skills and contribute to knowledge of the critical group in the south-west.  The workshop will run from Friday afternoon until mid-day on Monday and there will be evening sessions.  There will be a small charge per person to help cover the costs of the workshop.  Further details will be posted when available.


Saturday, 16th April (Training): Recorder’s Conference Day, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Midlothian (v.c. 83)

With sessions on plants and plant id using early fresh material and herbarium material, as well as sessions on technology.  Details when available.  For more information and to book e-mail Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer,


Thursday, 19th – Monday, 23rd May (General/Recording):  Annual Spring Meeting, Blencathra, Cumbria (v.c. 70)

The Annual Spring Meeting will be based at the Field Studies Council centre at Blencathra, Cumbria.  On Thursday afternoon there will be a recording or site visit with an introductory talk after dinner.  On Friday there will be visits to interesting sites including Eycott Hill, again with a talk after dinner.  On Saturday and Sunday there will be recording visits to sites or tetrads in support of Atlas 2020, with after dinner workshops on identifying difficult plants found during the day.   The administration fee is likely to be about 20, with accommodation and meals costing 60 per day.  Further details will be posted when available and a booking form will go out with the January BSBI News.


Saturday, 25th June (General/Recording): Braunton Burrows, Devon (v.c. 4)

A one or two day meeting.  Details when available.


Saturday, 2nd – Saturday, 9th July (Recording/Training): Glynhir Recording Week (v.c. 44)

Leaders: Kath and Richard Pryce

The week-long annual Carmarthenshire Recording and Monitoring Meeting will include visits to well-botanised sites as well as areas in need of additional recording within the county. The meeting will cater for both experienced and inexperienced botanists and will provide an opportunity for the informal development of identification skills. Arrangements will be flexible: some days the group will stay as one body, on other days smaller groups will visit different sites, monitor scarce species or update tetrads not visited recently. Day outings will be tailored to individual needs to cover all fitness abilities. Glynhir Mansion – Glynhir Road, Llandybie, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire – is located about 2km east of Llandybie on the western flank of the Black Mountain at SN640151. The River Loughor runs through the estate and at one point plunges over a 10m waterfall into a rocky gorge where Dryopteris aemula (Hay-scented Bucklerfern), Hymenophyllum tunbrigense (Tunbridge Filmy-fern) and Asplenium trichomanes ssp. trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) are among the ferns growing on the cliffs. There will be ample opportunity in the timetable to visit the site. Large parkland trees provide the setting to the mansion, including Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Lime) and there remains much scope for further discoveries to be made in the vicinity. The mansion and estate is run by the Jenkins family providing first class facilities including a large common room for evening identification and discussion sessions. The cost of the week from lunchtime on 2nd to breakfast on 9th July, including bed, breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals, will be approximately 500.00 (based upon 2013 prices) and will be limited to about 15 participants. Accommodation for part of the week will be charged pro rata. Please make initial bookings with the leaders as soon as possible, preferably by the end of January. A 25% deposit will be required by Glynhir followed by full payment six weeks prior to the meeting. Initial bookings to Mr & Mrs R.D. Pryce, Trevethin, School Road, Pwll, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4AL.; Mobile phone no. 07900 241371.


Tuesday, 12th – Thursday, 14 July Welsh AGM, Brecon (v.c. 42)


Organisers John Crellin and Mike Porter


This is to be held at a venue near Brecon, details to follow. Self-catering accommodation at the venue will be available for a good all-in price and will allow for a stay from Monday (arrival) through to Friday (departure).  Overflow accommodation in Brecon itself has been reserved.



Saturday, 6th August (General): Kingfishers Bridge, Cambridgeshire (v.c. 29)

Organiser: Jonathan Shanklin

The Kingfishers Bridge Project has transformed 120 hectares of farmland into a mosaic of wildlife habitats.  Many plants have colonised the site naturally, but a few have been introduced, most notably Teucrium scordium (Water Germander).  Participants will learn about the habitat creation and the management of the site, and will see some of the fenland specialities.  Participants will also be encouraged to find species to add to the over 300 known from the site.  Papers describing the Project have appeared in Nature in Cambridgeshire, most recently in  The meeting starts at 10.00 and will finish by 16:00.  Contact Jonathan Shanklin, 11 City Road, Cambridge CB1 1DP or email


Friday, July 22nd – Sunday, July 24th (General/Training): Epipactis in North-east England.

This meeting is designed to demonstrate the Epipactis of North-east England (all the British species except E. purpurata and E. leptochila). It will involve quite a lot of travelling; where possible we will arrange to share cars. Although we will spend two nights based at Hexham, initial and final venues are distant. We will use a room at the Community Centre, Market St., Hexham (NY935643), about 200 m NW of the Abbey; there is free evening parking nearby.

Friday, July 22nd, 2 pm. Bishop Middleham Quarry, Durham, NZ330324, park in lane.(A1(M) J60, A689 E, A177 N 2 m, left, three rt turns). E. atrorubens and other orchids, Northern Brown Argus. Proceed to Hexham (one hour), A1 N, A69.

Saturday, July 23rd. 10.30 am. Williamston NR, Northumberland, NY680520, park in layby (A69 W to Haltwhistle, south to Coanwood, then A689) (45 mins from Hexham). E. dunensis and metallophytes. Call in to see ‘industrial’ E. dunensis in Haltwhistle (NY696636), then Stonecroft Mine, NY854690, 1 pm, park by mine building (A 69 east to start of duelling, Hexham, then B6319 west to Newbrough). E. helleborine v. youngiana, E. phyllanthes v pendula, Pyrola minor. Continue east on A69 until 1 mile after duelling, turn left to Acomb mine waste reclamation scheme (NY927662) for Epipactis dunensis and Ophrys apifera. If time allows, brief visits to sites for Hammarbya and Goodyera south of Hexham.

Sunday, July 24th. 11.00 am. Lindisfarne NNR, Northumberland, NU095431, park in first layby after causeway (crossing safe until 16.40) (A69 E, A1 N, 90 mins from Hexham). E. sancta, E. palustris, many other scarce plants. Depart for home during afternoon.

Contact John Richards who can provide information on accommodation in Hexham.


Friday, 2nd – Sunday 4th September (Specialised, Training): Recorders Conference

There will be the usual mix of talks, workshops and a field excursion.


Saturday, 26th November (General): Annual Exhibition Meeting and AGM, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford

There will be a mix of short talks, displays, posters and book stalls and the chance to meet friends, colleagues and other botanists.  All welcome.  There may be a half day conference on November 25.



Friday, 10th – Sunday, 12th March (Training): Recorder’s Workshop, Kindrogan, Perthshire (v.c. 89)

With sessions on plants and plant id using early fresh material and herbarium material, as well as sessions on technology.  Details when available.  For more information and to book e-mail Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer,



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, contact the leader well in advance because they will fill up. Please do not just turn up on the day. The field meeting list below is the most up-to-date version, superceding the one in BSBI News.

Instructions for attending field meetings

>> General guidance for participants

>> Procedure for booking

>> Safety in the Field

>> Code of Conduct

Instructions for leaders of field meetings

>> Instructions for leaders of field meetings

>> General guidance for participants

>> Field meeting forms

>> Field meeting appendices

>> Organising a recording week

National Field Secretaries

Ireland: John Conaghan

Scotland: Angus Hannah

Wales: Sarah Stille