In light of Covid-19, the BSBI Trustees cancelled all BSBI field meetings after February 2020. The safety of members and others is most important. Leaders of BSBI local groups were asked to note that they could not run events under the BSBI name, and we couldn't advertise or offer support or insurance for those local group events.

Hopefully we'll be able to resume field meetings and events at some stage in 2021, but only when government guidance allows. Until restrictions are lifted, all planned events remain provisional. The BSBI Trustees continue to closely monitor the situation and will issue advice on changes as promptly as possible. In the meantime, if you choose to go out botanising individually or with a few others, you must 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 Hon Gen Sec Steve Gater.

Wales Officer

The Wales Officer post is currently vacant.

Please email Jim McIntosh with any enquiries.

The Wales Officer Twitter account @BSBICymru is currently being managed by a volunteer, Robbie Blackhall-Miles.

The Wales Officer Blog will be updated by Barbara Brown and other guest editors.

Welsh AGM

Every year the Committee for Wales organises an Annual Meeting around the Welsh AGM. In 2019, it was held in Llanelli, enjoyed great weather and took in a range of interesting sites. Head over to the Welsh AGM page to find out what you missed! The 2020 Annual Meeting in Bangor has been postponed due to the Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic; the AGM will be held via email. If you are a BSBI member based in Wales and would like to attend the meeting, please visit the Wales page of the password-protected BSBI Governance website (email us if you've forgotten the password).

Red List of Welsh Stoneworts

*NEW* Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has just published a Red List of Welsh Stoneworts, following IUCN Regional Guidelines. The list has been compiled from a wide range of datasets including BSBI data, NRW monitoring data and previous projects. Download the Red List of Welsh Stoneworts and read more about stoneworts here.

Rare Plant Registers

In March 2017 Wales celebrated the completion of a full set of Rare Plant Registers (RPRs).

Begun in Ceredigion (VC46) in 1978, most of the Rare Plant Registers for Wales and now available on line.

The most recent additions are the 2020 Flintshire Rare Plant Register and the 2020 Radnorshire Rare Plant Register including records collected as part of Atlas 2020 fieldwork.

Meetings 2019

As well as many local and one-day field meetings, there are now two Welsh meetings which have become annual fixtures:

The Glynhir Recording Week is held in Carmarthenshire (VC44): read a report from it here and the Caerdeon Recording Weekend, held in Merionethshire (VC48): read a report here.

BSBI Welsh Bulletin

*NEW* The most recent (Feb 2020) Welsh Bulletin is now available: Bulletin 105.

*NEW* The complete run of the BSBI Welsh Bulletin, current and all back issues from 1964, is now available on the new BSBI Welsh Bulletin page.

The Bulletin is produced twice a year and contains articles and news items of interest and importance to Wales. Welsh members of the BSBI automatically receive a copy of the BSBI Welsh Bulletin. Back issues are available on request - please contact either Sally Whyman or Katherine Slade.

News, articles and accompanying photographs for the Welsh Bulletin are very welcome. The editors are Richard Pryce, Katherine Slade, Sally Whyman.

Records for publication in the Welsh Bulletin should be submitted using the form below (Excel format).

Record submission form.

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

Welsh Bulletin

All current and back issues of the BSBI Welsh Bulletin can now be found in the new BSBI Welsh Bulletin page.