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About the Scottish Botanists' Meeting

We are delighted to announce that the programme includes talks on the plants of two of the most important and iconic National Nature Reserves in Scotland! On Beinn Eighe – the UK’s first National Nature Reserve currently celebrating its 70th anniversary – by Ian Sargent, NatureScot Nature Reserves Manager, and on 40 years of rare plant monitoring on Ben Lawers, by Sarah Watts. We will also have an interesting variety of botanical short talks and two training workshops. 

Here are full details:

10.00 Welcome to the Scottish Botanists’ Conference – Julia Hanmer, Chief Executive, BSBI

10.10 Welcome from Botanical Society of Scotland – Jill Thompson, President, BSS

10.15 Beinn Eighe NNR – the UK’s first National Nature Reserve celebrating 70 years – Ian Sargent, Nature Reserves Manager, NatureScot

10.50 Phytophthora in UK juniper populations – Flora Donald, UKCEH

11.10 Break

11.20 For a Plant-rich World: Plantlife Scotland update and plans – Alistair Whyte, Head of Plantlife Scotland

11.40 The BSBI Scottish Year – Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer

12.00 Project Seagrass – Richard Lilley, Director of Project Seagrass

12.20 Break

12.30 BSBI Scottish AGM – Lindsay Mackinlay, Chair BSBI Committee for Scotland

13.00 Break for Lunch

13.30 40 years of rare plant monitoring on Ben Lawers NNR – Sarah Watts, University of Stirling

14.10 Expedition to West Affric in search of rare alpines – Jeff Waddell, Senior Natural Heritage Advisor NTS

14.30 The Urban Flora Project – John Grace, BSS

14.50 Results of the BSBI Photographic Competition – Natalie Harmsworth

14.55 Break / Close for those not attending workshops


15.05 Polypody Ferns in the British Isles; origins, ecology, distribution and identification – Rob Cooke, BSBI Referee & British Pteridological Society

16.05 Larches in the British Isles – history, ecology & identification – Matt Parratt, Forest Research

17.00 Thank you & Close

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