Scroll down and click through for botany courses, training grants, resources and events for botanical trainers and the country’s most recognised qualification for botanical surveyors, the FISC.

Tips from the Training Team

Sarah says: "Applications are now open for BSBI Training Grants, Plant Study Grants and Science & Research Grants. These grants get snapped up very quickly so head over to the Grants page to find out more and apply as soon as you can!"

Training courses

Find out about botanical training courses, from short/ beginner ID courses to BSc and MSc courses, Identiplant and professional development, on the Training Courses page.

BSBI’s Training & Education Committee awards training grants, organises and supports events and resources for teaching botany, and we also Train the Trainers! Turn to the BSBI Governance page to find out who sits on the Committee and to get in touch.

Field Skills

BSBI's Training & Education Committee runs Field Identification Skills Certificates, to test how good you really are at botany. For more information, turn to the FISC page.

Training grants

To find out about botanical training grants, plant study grants and research grants from BSBI and other organisations, head over to the Grants page.

Know your plants

Training and Education Committee have produced a simple booklet with details of how to start learning plant identification.

The PDF is available here, or if you would like hard copies to hand out to students/learners, email Sarah Whild.

Resources for beginners

A review of some plant identification books by Philip Oswald. 

Careers Advice

Are you hoping to study to be a botanist but don't know what degree to take or how to specialise? Download the Connexions Botany Careers Leaflet here. 


For a web site aimed at school age children, visit SAPS.

Check out also these Herbology Hunt wildflower spotter sheets.

BSBI posters

Three posters (as pdfs) for downloading:

poster 3

poster 4

poster 6 

BSBI Library

Our library is hosted for us at Manchester Metropolitan University‘s premises in Shrewsbury.

Most of our books and journals come from donations, and we can guarantee to take responsible care of anything that we receive. Duplicates and surplus material are found a good home at Field Centres around the country. We also digitise our own publications and books that are out of copyright, copies of which are held in the library.

If you are interested in donating to the library, please contact Sarah Whild.

We are grateful to the following for contributions:

Mike Atkinson, Ian Bennallick, Chris Boon, Michael Braithwaite, Mary Briggs, Karl Crowther, Trevor Dines, Bob Ellis, Gwynn Ellis, Jean Green, Simon Leach, Audrey Locksley, Ian McNeill, Roy Maycock, Richard Middleton, Richard Pankhurst, James Partridge, Sharon Pilkington, Mike Poulton, Richard Pryce, Paul Reade, Clive Stace, Wiltshire Botanical Society, Goronwy Wynne, Brian & Barbara Ballinger, The University of Hull, William Peter Wheldon and to the estates of Alan Underhill, Alice Lambert, John Lavender, John Ounsted, Melody Ryle and Max Walters.