Bookings have opened for the BSBI Summer Meeting which this year is being held on the Isle of Man and runs from the 16th to the 23rd of July.
It's a joint meeting with the British Bryological Society and there will be lots of bryologists attending as well as botanists at all skill levels, so you are really getting two meetings for the price of one!
As Organiser Jon Shanklin points out in his flyer about the meeting, "the amazing thing about the Isle of Man is that it has a great variety of habitats in a small area". These range from reservoirs to saltmarsh, woodland to coastal heathland. Uncommon plants that you might expect to see include Whorl Grass, Dodder, Royal Fern and Isle of Man Cabbage.
Accommodation is at King William's College, an independent boarding school on the island - details of the accommodation package and the daytrips planned are all available on Jonathan's flyer on the Summer Meeting webpage.
This meeting is the perfect opportunity to pick up some moss identification skills as well as catching up with fellow botanists so please head over to the webpage and check out what's on offer! The page also has links to several blogposts from previous years' Summer Meetings so you can get a flavour of what goes on at a Summer Meeting and decide whether it appeals to you.