|Botany meeting in Co. Galway, May 2014
Image: H. Carty
When it comes to BSBI meetings, we have a wide range on offer just now, and you don't usually have to be a BSBI member.
First, there is our national programme of field meetings, many of which are suitable for beginners. Some are focused on a critical group, such as the recent Dandelion Workshop.
Then, there are all the local meetings organised by our local groups across Britain and Ireland.
|Prof John Richards & Taraxacum richardsianum
BSBI Dandelion Workshop March 2014
And there's the big one, the BSBI Annual Summer Meeting.
I gather there are still spaces on the fieldtrips, although some of the accommodation options are now fully booked.
BSBI Scottish Officer Jim McIntosh said "It is still not too late to book on the 2014 Annual Summer Meeting – but you will have to be quick! The event is in two weeks time - on Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th June in Birnam, near Dunkeld.
|Local botany meeting in Leics. May 2014
Image: L. Marsh
"We commence with dinner on Wednesday and a full day of interesting talks on Thursday - including one on the results of the repeat survey of McVean & Ratcliffe plots by Dr Louise Ross, John Hutton Institute and another on 30 Years of monitoring rare plants on Ben Lawers by Dan Watson, NTS.
"There will then be two days of field meetings on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th. Local recorders with help from Nick Stewart and Les Tucker will lead field meetings to the very best Perthshire botanical sites. Full details on the BSBI website here."