Welcome to your May BSBI eNewsletter; a snapshot of what we are doing for those that are not current members.
In this issue: the new NPMS Annual Report is published; discover Plant Atlas 2020 outline science results; read the sampler for BSBI News #153; find out about our field meetings and indoor events across Britain and Ireland; and there's a last chance to apply to become BSBI's new Data Support Officer. But first: it's Invasive Species Week and Plant Atlas 2020 is proving an invaluable resource!
Invasive Species Week
Plant Atlas 2020 is proving to be an invaluable resource for botanists and ecologists during this year's Invasive Species Week, which runs from 15th to 21st May. It only takes seconds to check if any of 3,495 species recorded across Britain and Ireland is native or non-native, increasing or declining.
The Plant Atlas 2020 summaries (free to download) are also flagging some of the 'winners and losers', such as the invasive non-natives New Zealand Pigmyweed and American Skunk Cabbage (pictured).
Plant Atlas co-author Oli Pescott (from UKCEH) outlines some of the results of the biggest ever survey of wild and naturalised plants across Britain and Ireland.
BSBI News 153 - April 2023
BSBI Members have recently received their issue of BSBI News 153, our tri-annual mazagine with updates on all that is going on at BSBI and in the botanical community.
Although you aren't currently a member, you can read a sampler of the publication here, along with one free article.
Whetted your appetite for more? Membership of the BSBI is just £39/€45 for individual members, with discounts for joint members and students. Join today to access the full range of benefits and receive the full issue of News 153.
When you are starting out with wildflower identification, keys and field guides can be daunting. Things become so much easier once you have an idea what family your plant belongs to.
Two workshops running in Scotland this summer aim to help beginner botanists 'find the family first'. There is a small registration cost (BSBI members and students pay half-price) which includes a handlens and a copy of Faith Anstey's Pocket Guide to Wildflower Families booklet, a tried and tested resource to help you get started. There are some spaces still available on the workshops, so book today and learn to identify wildflower families with confidence.
The National Plant Monitoring Scheme has just published its latest annual report and it makes fascinating reading!
There's a summary of the top positive and negative indicator species recorded in each of the NPMS broad habitats in 2022; some impressive stats on the number of squares surveyed so far; case studies from NPMS surveyors across the UK, including a report from Anne Haden, BSBI County Recorder for Jersey; and exciting news about the forthcoming publication of work estimating how NPMS plots cover gradients of expected climate change. Thinking of signing up for one of the newly-released NPMS plots? This Annual Report will whet your appetite!
The botanical season is in full swing and what better way to enjoy our wonderful wildflowers than in the company of fellow botanists?
In the next few weeks there are general-interest field meetings taking place in South Devon, Middlesex, Co. Waterford and Ross & Cromarty; meetings aimed particularly at beginners in Cambridge and Perthshire; a specialist sedge ID meeting in Westmorland and a recording meeting on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. Book now!
Due to a cancellation, one residential space has become available for the Welsh Annual Meeting & AGM at Gregynog Hall in Montgomeryshire, 2-4 August. More details here.
Bookings are still open for two other Welsh events: Glynhir recording week in July and the Anglesey coastal recording meeting in September. There are also local botany group meetings happening across Britain & Ireland - visit the interactive map on the Local Botany page and click on a county to find out more.
With the launch of Plant Atlas 2020, BSBI's botanical records are in the spotlight - more than 50 million records, collected by our wonderful volunteer recorders, are held in the BSBI Distribution Database, created and managed by Tom Humphrey (pictured).
We are now seeking to recruit a Data Support Officer to work with Tom to help improve the ways in which those records are collated, verified, stored and disseminated. Deadline to apply is 9am on Monday 22nd May.
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