Alistair Whyte is the Head of Plantlife Scotland, leading Plantlife’s projects, advisory work, advocacy and partnership working in Scotland, managing Plantlife’s nature reserve in Caithness, and raising the profile of wild plant conservation. He has a background in land management for nature conservation, and has worked for a range of organisations including the Wildlife Trusts, NatureScot, Forestry & Land Scotland, and RSPB.
I've been a BSBI member for ~15 years, encouraged by my Dad (VCR for 105 West Ross) who got me hooked on plant recording at an early age. I started my career as an Operations Officer at NatureScot covering Uist, Barra and St Kilda before pursuing my PhD in ecological modelling of a newly discovered plant pathogen infecting UK native juniper populations. I now work as an ecosystems analyst for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).
I am a Nature Reserves Manager working on NatureScot managed NNRs in the Highlands of Scotland. I work on 9 NNRs in the Highlands including Beinn Eighe NNR which is celebrating its 70 years anniversary this month.
Senior Natural Heritage Advisor for the National Trust for Scotland. BSBI Vice County Recorder for Roxburghshire & Selkirkshire. BSc Plant Science, the University of Edinburgh.
John is Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh, and a former President of the Botanical Society of Scotland (BSS). He is an ecologist, with interests that include global ecology and the carbon cycle, plant water relations and forest ecology. Currently he is leading the BSS & BSBI Urban Flora of Scotland project (now in its sixth year).
During working hours Matt is a research biologist with Forest Research, based at the northern research station near Edinburgh. At other times he's a wannabe fell runner and botanist in training who teaches tree ID for the Field Studies Council. For his sins he is BSBI joint referee for conifers...
I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Project Seagrass, a marine NGO with a vision for a world in which seagrass meadows are thriving, abundant and well managed for people and planet. I am passionate about education, particularly marine science communication and outdoor learning.
I work For Natural England on environmental policy. I have been interested in polypodiums for 30 years, and have been the BSBI referee for around 20 years.
I am a plant ecologist with a strong focus on upland vegetation, restoration ecology and applied science. From 2013-2020 I worked as an ecologist for the National Trust for Scotland at Ben Lawers NNR. I am currently researching my part-time PhD entitled “Improving outcomes in montane woodland restoration” at the University of Stirling. I am now also the Conservation Manager of Corrour Estate in Lochaber.
Retired BSBI Vice-county Recorder for Midlothian
I am a retired medical practitioner. Vice-county recorder for Easter Ross (VC106) since 2003, initially jointly with my late wife. Council Member of the Botanical Society of Scotland and BSS Local Secretary for Tayside. Active in local societies
Vice County Recorder for Dumfriesshire since 1995 Currently Chair BSBI Board of Trustees
David is one of two Vice County Recorders for both Kincardineshire and North Aberdeenshire, and communicates some of his most interesting finds using Twitter. He is a member of the BSBI Committee for Scotland.
I have been BSBI VC Recorder for Kirkcudbrightshire since 1998 and run the local botany group. Previously worked for the NCC and then as an independent ecological consultant for 27 years. Specialities include vegetation, birds & Protected species. WeBS surveyor for BTO since 1972.
I began plant recording while still at school in Lancashire, records appearing in the 1962 Atlas. I started work for the Nature Conservancy in 1958 before going to Cambridge to read botany. I then continued in NC and successor organisations, ITE and CEH, researching grazing, trees, vegetation, and am now an Emeritus Fellow.
BSBI Vice-county recorder for vc95 Moray since 1996. Been working for NESBReC most year since 2004.
I have been BSBI joint vice-county recorder for VC97 Westerness for 20 years. I worked for many years for SNH and JNCC and am currently a consultant ecologist, naturalist and writer. I have a strong interest in Scottish habitats, especially freshwaters, wetlands, uplands and coastal, as well as invertebrates of all kinds.
I am a long-term member of BSBI and my main interest has always been peat bogs. After a lifetime of research, observation and cogitation I have finally put pen to paper and, as a lockdown project, published my Illustrated Book of Peat – which I exhibit here.
Liz Lavery, BSBI Recorder for West Perth and Clackmannanshire since 2007 (jointly with Jane Jones). I am secretary of the BSBI Committee for Scotland and General Secretary of the Botanical Society of Scotland and I've been secretary of the Botanical Section of PSNS (Perthshire Society of Natural Science) for over 20 years. I am a tutor for FSC/BSBI Identiplant course.
BSBI Recorder for East Lothian. Secretary for the Lochaber Natural History Society.
Michelle manages the lab facilities at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and is the Garden's lead on the Darwin Tree of Life project.
Recorder for vc85, Fife and Kinrosshire. Originally a biologist at the University of St. Andrews. Started as histologist and field biologist at the marine lab. Involved with practical teaching of classes and identification aspects on field trips to sea-shores and rivers. Became joint recorder in 2010, the recorder being the late George Ballantyne; a font of all floral knowledge in vc85. Also a Member of the Fife Wildlife Site Assessment Group.
The organising team
As the BSBI's Scottish Officer, I've been promoting botany and supporting botanists in Scotland since 2004. More recently I've taken on a wider role as BSBI Senior Country Officer, managing Country Officers in Ireland and Wales and editing BSBI eNews - the monthly newsletter for the BSBI recording community, inter alia. I'm also a County Recorder for Mid-Perthshire.
I started as BSBI's new Chief Executive in April 2021. I've spent 30 years working and volunteering in the conservation sector, including leading Bat Conservation Trust, founding BatLife Europe, working with volunteers at CPRE and training as a forest school leader. I live in London and am a trustee for a local environmental education charity, ecoACTIVE. In the past I've lived and worked around much of the UK and as a child I spent 5 years in Dublin.
Lindsay is the current Chair of the Scottish BSBI Committee having taken up post in 2019. He is an experienced ecologist, having worked with Scottish Natural Heritage, as Nature Conservation Adviser with the National Trust for Scotland, and most recently, as a self-employed consultant (Parnassus Ecology). Lindsay has just started a new role as Head of Ecology at The Future Forest Company Ltd.
I'm the BSBI's Communications Officer, responsible for keeping the website updated, answering enquiries, promoting the society’s work to a wider audience and running BSBI's social media platforms and the News & Views blog.
Natalie is the current volunteer organiser for the BSBI Photographic Competition. Her day job is Centre Manager at The Wildlife Information Centre (TWIC) – the Local Environmental Records Centre for SE and part of central Scotland. She has over 10 years’ experience working in conservation and a good all-round knowledge of British wildlife, but plants have always been her passion.
Ryan works for the monitoring and research team of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust. He has particular interest in vascular plants, solitary bees, beetles and bryophytes. Ryan sits on the Events and Communications Committee of the BSBI.