Special Interests Wild Flowers, Grasses, Sedges, Rushes, Ferns, Trees, Orchids, Mosses, Aquatic plants and especially Dandelions and Hawkweed. o Retired NHS Biomedical Scientist o Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists’ Field Club Member o RBGE in Practical Field Botany with distinction (2011) I have completed many FSC courses, including difficult higher plants. Actively engaged in botanical recordings and research with Margaret Bradshaw in Upper Teesdale.
Isabel is an author, journalist, broadcaster, BSBI member and the founder of #wildflowerhour. Her latest book is ‘The Natural Health Service: how nature can mend your mind'. It explores how the great outdoors can help treat mental illnesses and how society needs to change to give all of us access to nature.
I am Chair of BSBI's Training and Education Committee. If you cut me in two it says the word 'botanist' down the middle in vascular bundles
I am Dr Jonathan Mitchley, Associate Professor of Field Botany at the University of Reading, I am a field botanist and plant ecologist and I go wild about teaching plant identification and vegetation survey and assessment on the MSc Species Identification and Survey Skills (SISS) at the University of Reading. I also carry out research in grassland restoration in Europe and I have published widely in the scientific journals. I have ten years experience working as a professional botanical consultant with RSK Group Ltd and this combination of academia and industry gives me an appreciation of the application of theory and practice of plant ecology to real world problem-solving and also emphasises the importance of being competent and confident identifying plants in the field – good old fashioned field botany – and understanding the place of plants in the vegetation communities of Britain. I have a passion for communicating love and understanding of plants via outreach projects with schools and the wider general public. Field botany is such fun – it’s just the best time of my life!
Katharina is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. She is a plant ecologist with a background in vegetation science and nature conservation. Her research projects focus on the prevention, management and impacts of biological invasions for nature conservation, horticulture and agriculture. Before joining Coventry University she has worked at the Universities of Warwick and York and holds a PhD from the Technical University of Berlin. Katharina is a member of the Plant Health Panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and currently collaborates as a lead author in the IPBES Assessment of invasive alien species. Katharina coordinates the Plant Alert citizen science project in collaboration with the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. As a BSBI member, she likes going on field trips with the Warwickshire Flora group.
I'm an ecologist and botanist who specialises in European orchids which I've been studying for 18 years. I've worked for the RSPB, Natural History Museum, London Wildlife Trust and Plantlife. I'm a co-author of the new field guide - Britain's Orchids - with Sean Cole which is part of the Princeton University Press WildGuides series. Sean is a field naturalist who has been studying orchids for more than 20 years, with special interests in identification, taxonomy and pollination. He has published many articles on British orchid, including his speciality, the ghost orchid.
Passionate about the natural world, in particular wildflowers and native orchids, I am a Forest School practitioner and I run the Wild Flower Hour Twitter account and lead the Wild Flower Hour team.
Co-author of the recently-published WildGuides "Britain's Orchids", author of BSBI paper on Ghost Orchid (Epipogium aphyllum) - one day I will actually see one in the UK!
I am a freelance botanical consultant, writer, and nature tour leader with a passion for urban ecology. With my project More Than Weeds, I am hoping to change people's perception of spontaneous flora, but also to improve the consideration for biodiversity - plants in particular - in planning and landscaping.
We are a small friendly charity celebrating botanical art, especially of native plants, and open to all.
I'm a botanist in Natural England's national Field Unit. I live in Norfolk and am BSBI referee for the genus Rubus in Eastern England.
I'm a plant ecology intern at Coventry Universities Center of Agroecology, Water and Resilience; working on the Plant Alert Project. I am on the BSBI Comms Team and will be promoting the Exhibition Meeting on Twitter in the run-up and throughout the day. Within and around my internship, I am developing my own research building my botanical conservation and research experience.
I studied Botany at Cambridge and then spent two years in Papua New Guinea studying symbiosis between plants and ants. After a DPhil on the plant taxonomy, and raising two daughters I worked for the County, now Local, Wildlife Sites Project. While at school I joined the Cambridge Conservation Volunteers, and later helped set up a similar group in Oxford. In 1994 I helped establish the Rare Plants Group, now the Oxfordshire Flora Group, of the Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire.
I am the BSBI Recorder for West Cornwall (VC1) and author of A Flora of Cornwall which was published in 2020 and co-author of the Flora of Cornwall published in 1999.
David Barden became a member of the BSBI in 2007, and has botanised in Cambridgeshire and Glamorgan. He is currently joint vice-county recorder for v.c. 41 (Glamorgan), and helps to run the Glamorgan Botany Group.
Dawn, a biology professor in York University, Toronto's Faculty of Science, wears many academic hats, but is, at heart, a grass biologist, having spent forty years researching grasses and grazers, including snow geese and St Kilda’s Soay sheep. She cut her botanical teeth in the salt marshes east of Churchill, Manitoba, becoming a world expert on goose poop.
Dominic Price founded the Species Recovery Trust In 2012 as a direct response to the extinction crisis happening both globally and in the UK. The charity focuses on grassroots site based work and aims to save 50 species by the year 2050.
I'm a postdoctoral researcher working in collaboration with Historic England. I specialise in archaeobotany (macro-botanical remains and phytoliths). I have a PhD from University College London in which I investigated prehistoric agricultural communities in Northern and Eastern India. My current project is to develop a new method for identifying plants found in archaeological and palaeoecological sediments in Britain to expand what we know about plant use in the past.
A lifelong birder, I work as a Research Ecologist for the British Trust for Ornithology. I began botanising around 15 years ago and for the last eight years I have done more botanising than birding in my spare time. As well as BSBI survey work such as Atlas 2020, I also undertake survey work monitoring Breckland specialities for the Breckland Flora Group.
Dedicated to the promotion and encouragement of botanical art on the island of Ireland
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 am a freelance ecologist specialising in plants and vegetation. I have had the privilege of being the main botanist working on this project since 2017.
Jonathan Shanklin is the BSBI Hon Field Meetings Secretary, chair of the Committee for England and vice-county recorder for Cambridgeshire. He is an emeritus fellow at the British Antarctic Survey and discovered the Antarctic ozone hole.
Botanist with a multilingual communications and project management background. MSc in Plant Diversity (2018) from University of Reading. Based in North Somerset. Member of the Somerset Rare Plants Group (SRPG).
Currently writing a book 'Finding England's Ancient Grassland'. Independent botanical field surveyor and botanical artist.
Former BSBI President
We are a national society created for amateur botanists and wild flower lovers in Britain and Ireland. Our aims are: * to promote a greater knowledge of field botany among the general public and in particular among young people; * to advance education in matters relating to the conservation of wild flowers and of the countryside; * to promote the conservation of the British flora.
I began working with waterlogging stress in Barley during my final year project in the Plant Biochemistry Lab in Maynooth University. I started working on this project during a taught MSc in plant biology and biotechnology at University College Dublin. I am now into my second year of my PhD at the Crop Stress Interactions lab in UCD.
I'm BSBI Ireland Officer and Editor of Irish Botanical News, one of BSBI's publications
#wildflowerhour is an online community of hundreds of wild flower enthusiasts. The original concept was devised in 2015 by Isabel Hardman, who asked BSBI to help promote the idea. As #wildflowerhour grew in size and popularity, a small steering group was assembled, all of whom are BSBI members. Rebecca Wheeler, also a BSBI member, now leads #wildflowerhour and runs the social media accounts.
Richard Pryce has been VC Recorder for Carmarthenshire in South Wales since 1978 and has served as a member of the Committee for Wales for a similar period. He is a co-editor of the BSBI Welsh Bulletin and was President of the BSBI between 2002 and 2005. He is currently continuing to work on the production of the county flora.
Semi-retired academic teaching ecology part-time. Background in park management and visitor education. Voluntary work includes helping manage urban bushland reserves, and propagation and retail sales advice for Bayside Community Nursery: a council-operated biodiversity conservation program producing indigenous plants of local provenance for sale to nearby residents and golf courses.
Robbie co-owns Fossil Plants, a backyard botanic garden, conservation research nursery and horticulture consultancy. He is involved in the conservation of many British native species such as Sorbus arvonicola, Saxifraga cespitosa and Luronium natans. Robbie records in VC 49 & 52 concentrating mainly on alpine plant species.
Retired microbiologist/bioinformatician now focusing on natural history, particularly botany, around Cambridge. Prone to fads, currently Hawthorns and Poplars.
We have pursued a life-long interest in wildlife more-or-less successfully in various ways and have found time to produce several books on birds and wild flowers. We now own and run 'Natural Surroundings' near Holt in North Norfolk, which now takes up just about all of our time.
The organising team
I am a PhD student at Loughborough University working on carnivorous plants. I am also a member of the BSBI Events and Communications committee and have helped organise the Exhibition Meeting. On the day I am chairing a session and will be working behind the scenes.
As Principal Ecologist at Surrey Wildlife Trust Ecology Services I get to identify plants at work and then identify more at the weekend on field trips. I am a member of BSBI Events & Communications Committee.
I'm an ecologist at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and I'm also Chair of BSBI Events & Communications Committee, the amazing team behind today's event!
I have just completed an MSc. degree in Plant Diversity at Univ. of Reading and I'm on the BSBI Comms Team: I will be tweeting about the Exhibition Meeting in the run-up and on the day.
I'm a senior ecological consultant and botanical trainer, FISC Level 6, founder of NWRPI, I'm part of the #wildflowerhour team and sit on BSBI Events & Communications Committee. I'll be helping out on social media.
Kylie has been a member of the Events & Communications Committee since 2015 and is currently the Committee's Secretary. She will be Chair for the third session of talks at this year's AEM. In day-to-day life Kylie is the Operational Biodiversity and Plastics Manager for Anglian Water, responsible for operational legislative compliance in relation to wildlife and the biodiversity management of >7000ha of land across the East of England and Hartlepool, with a sideline in leading the plastic waste reduction strategy for the business.
Hi everyone, my name's Leif, I'm a PhD student at RBG Kew and on the BSBI Comms Team. I'll be promoting events on the BSBI Instagram (@bsbibotany) as they happen throughout the day!
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. I've helped with organising the Exhibition Meeting. I'll be mostly behind the scenes on the day, tweeting when I can but also giving a presentation on BSBI activities under lockdown.
I'm on the BSBI Events & Communications Committee and have helped to organise the Exhibition Meeting. I'm also part of the #wildflowerhour team on twitter and help with #wildflowerID enquiries. I'll be helping with plant ID enquiries and social media on the day.
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.