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.

Latest News

*NEW* The Scottish Botanists' Conference 2020 was held online over the weekend of 31st October and 1st November. We had a record number register for this year's event - 350! Check out the special Scottish Botanists' Conference 2020 site, where you can still peruse the exhibition, view the BSBI Photographic Competition, or watch recordings of the talks and workshops (which we are currently uploading) and read about the speakers.

*NEW* We send out a periodic electronic Newsletter with news and events of interest to all BSBI members including those in Scotland. Click the link to subscribe to the BSBI eNewsletter

*NEW* Check out the Botanical Society of Scotland's new Botany in Scotland blog - interesting and regularly updated articles!

*NEW* Wigtownshire is the latest Scottish vice-county to have its own webpage. See below for full list of the 28 counties that do.

Scottish Officer

Jim McIntosh

Address: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR


Phone: 0131 248 2894

Scottish Newsletter

The 2020 Scottish Newsletter is out now. Click on the link to view or download. All issues since 1979 are available on the new Scottish Newsletter page.

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. Click Scottish Botanists' Conference to see the programme, presentations, abstracts and a virtual exhibition.

BSBI beginners' Sedges and Grasses workshops in 2020

Sadly, we have had to cancel this year's programme of workshops for beginners. Hopefully we can reschedule them in 2021. Meantime you might like to view our new Introduction to Sedge Id  and Introduction to Grass Id webinars.

The State of Nature report 2019 has been published. Find out more here or download the SoN summary for Scotland.

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:

Natural History Societies in Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh, Paisley, Berwick and Lochaber also arrange programmes that include some botany.

New Year Plant Hunt 2020

To find out which plants were spotted in bloom in Scotland during the 2020 New Year Plant Hunt, check out the map on the Results page and the New Year Plant Hunt Twitter feed here. Many thanks to all Scottish recorders who took part!

Introduction to Recording Workshop

This 2018 workshop focused on the practicalities and included sessions on:

You might also like to view our new Recording for Beginners webinar.