GB Red List

*NEW* The Species Status Assessment Group has just updated the GB Red List for vascular plants. Click on the link to download the GB Red List (May 2018 update).

Using a GPS

*UPDATE* This helpful note offers Advice on Buying and Using GPSs (2018 update), by Jim McIntosh, BSBI's Senior Country Officer.

Species Accounts

See our new species accounts 

BSBI Code of Conduct

Download your free copy of the BSBI Code of Conduct 2017. More about the Code here.

Making specimens

Guidelines for collecting and preparing herbarium specimens, originally produced by Arthur Chater for the New Atlas project, are available for downloading Collecting and pressing specimens


The complete list of taxon names from the BSBI's database, includes many synonyms and alien taxa.

The  BSBI's short list of accepted plant names (Excel format) - last revised 2007

The latest official list of conservation statuses for all UK plants

2005 GB Red List (with changes to 2010)

Nationally Rare & Scarce

Names revised for the 3rd edition of Stace's flora:

  1. Additions(xls)
  2. Hybrids(xls)

The BSBI’s Taxonomy Database contains a lot of information on synonyms, chromosome numbers and details of much literature relating to British plants.

Recording Cards

We have recording cards customised for all counties in Britain and Ireland, and a coversheet if you want to print them out double-sided.

Vice county census catalogue

Visit the Vice County Census Catalogue on-line database to find out which species is recorded in each county.

Distribution Database (DDb) Help

A video by Quentin Groom on producing a custom map

Editing and validating records on the BSBI Database (DDb)

Distribution Database user manual

Mapmate Help

The BSBI MapMate support website includes training videos on creating species richness maps and a page of custom queries which can be useful for Atlas 2020 planning. The development of both website and handbook has been kindly supported by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Data entry guidance

We have just published new draft  BSBI Guidance on Data Entry (Dec 2017 update) and would welcome your comments. It has also been posted on the BSBI Database Message Board under ‘News’, where it is easy to post comments

Please email your Country Officer if you have any questions or suggestions (BSBI members only please - anyone else should visit the Mapmate web site for support). 

Mapmate Importing Sheets

The following spreadsheets (.xlsx format) were created by Andy Amphlett to assist in importing data to Mapmate:

County Floras

A list of county Floras has been compiled by David Pearman.

Other handy things

Recording Strategy

This covers subjects such as what size of recording unit to use and when the next Atlas will be produced.