*NEW* This pdf sets out BSBI's Policy on Nature Conservation.
BSBI Code of Conduct
Download your free copy of the BSBI Code of Conduct 2017. It's aimed at botanists, ecologists, foragers, consultants and anyone who loves wildflowers. The Code sets out sets out best practice in the field and provides you with the latest guidance about which plants you can and can't pick, even with landowner permission (including all plants on prohibited lists such as Schedule 8), and introduces you to the rule of 1 in 20. More about the Code here.
BSBI Data Access Policy
The Data Access Policy establishes the principles governing access to BSBI's botanical records and sets out the terms and conditions of their use.
Accompanying the policy is the current list of the species that BSBI considers to be sensitive, for which access to records is restricted.
Illustrations of alien plants
If you are trying to find illustrations of a particular alien plant species, but aren't quite sure where to look, the Index on our Illustrations of Alien Plants page should prove useful. There is an alphabetical listing of more than 2000 taxa with common names, an interactive references list and a search facility to help you find what you need.
The Index was produced by David Pearman and Gwynn Ellis, to whom we offer our thanks.
County Floras & Rare Plant Registers
A list of county Floras has been compiled by David Pearman. You can download the coversheet and the Excel spreadsheet (updated February 2019). The information on the Excel spreadsheet is also available on our new County Floras webpage.
Taxon lists, recording cards and software
For taxon lists and spreadsheets, e.g. BSBI's list of accepted plant names, Stace 4th. ed. name changes, updates based on Stace 3rd. ed. and websites such as IPNI, please head over to our new Taxon Lists page.
To find out more about recording software (MapMate, iRecord) and the BSBI Distribution Database, please visit the Recording Software page.
Recording cards, optimised for each vice-county, can be downloaded from the Recording Cards page.
Data entry guidance
BSBI's draft data entry guidance provides accessible and practical guidelines for formatting botanical records. The notes are intended to cover both structured recording software such as MapMate and data sets compiled as spreadsheets or text files.