09:30 Doors open for exhibitors.
10:30 Exhibition opens: exhibits and booksellers.
11:30 Talks: From Field to Map – the story behind the dot.
Introduction and welcome: John Faulkner (BSBI President).
Chair: Sue Townsend (Field Studies Council; BSBI Meetings & Communications Committee).
❖ 11:30 Surprising plant records and the botanists who recorded them – Paul Smith (Chair, BSBI Records & Research Committee; BSBI County Recorder for the Outer Hebrides).
❖ 11:45 Rare Plant Registers as aids to recording – Polly Spencer-Vellacott (BSBI Welsh Officer).
❖ 12:00 Do BSBI national field meetings throw up interesting records? – Jon Shanklin (BSBI Field Meetings Secretary).
❖ 12:15 BSBI Handbooks as aids to recording – Chris Metherell (BSBI Hon Gen Sec).
12:30 AGM of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland.
Agenda posted to all BSBI members in advance of the meeting.
13:00 Lunch and exhibit viewing.
14:15 Presentation of the Engler Silver Medal to co-authors of the Hybrid Flora of the British Isles. Sandy Knapp (Head of the Plants Division, Natural History Museum, London) will present the award on behalf of the International Association of Plant Taxonomy.
14:30 Talks: Putting Plants on the Map – working together for botanical recording.
Chair: Jodey Peyton (BRC/CEH; BSBI Meetings & Communications Committee)
❖ 14:30 BSBI and BRC/CEH: an enduring partnership – Chris Preston (BRC/CEH).
❖ 14:45 Using BSBI data to monitor vegetation changes – Lucy Ridding (CEH).
❖ 15:00 The new Rare Arable Flowers App: identifying, recording and conserving one of our most threatened plant groups – Markus Wagner/Karolis Kaslauskis (BRC/CEH).
❖ 15:15 BSBI and the National Biodiversity Network: from Gateway to Atlas - Jo Judge (CEO, National Biodiversity Network).
15:30 Exhibit viewing and break for refreshments
16:30 Keynote lecture: BSBI and BRC/CEH working together - David Roy (BRC/CEH).
17:00 Meeting closes.
How to book:
Everyone is welcome at the BSBI Annual Exhibition Meeting. You don’t have to be a BSBI member or an expert botanist, and you don’t necessarily have to book in advance, although it helps if we know who is coming so we can make you a name-badge!
Note that the CEH canteen will be open for our use throughout the day or attendees are welcome to bring their own supplies. A reasonably-priced hot lunch is available at 1pm but must be pre-booked (1 meat option, 1 vegetarian option) and then you pay on the day; deli-style sandwiches and snacks will also be on sale at lunchtime without pre-booking. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available to purchase throughout the day.
So please book one of the following ticket types: General Admission; Hot Lunch (choose vegetarian or non-vegetarian); or Exhibitor.
If you wish to exhibit, please also contact email@example.com to discuss your requirements.
We welcome exhibits on any aspect of the British or Irish flora, especially from first-time exhibitors. You don’t have to be a botanical expert - or even a BSBI member - in order to exhibit!
Book-sellers: Summerfield Books will be present throughout the day with a wide selection of books on botany/ natural history, many with reduced prices for BSBI members, and a range of hand-lenses for sale.
Identification Help Table/John Poland’s Vegetative ID Table: Please bring along any fresh or dried specimens you find difficult to identify and challenge some of the best botanists in the country!
Getting to the meeting:
Please see http://www.ceh.ac.uk/wallingford for directions on how to get to CEH Wallingford. There is ample car parking outside the venue.
There are regular buses from Oxford to Reading, via Wallingford:
There is a taxi rank at Didcot Rail station, but NOTE passengers to Cholsey station will need to book a taxi to meet them.
Accommodation is very expensive in this area, there are the following:
Photographs: We request permission to take photographs of botanists viewing the AEM exhibits for publicity purposes. Please let us know when you sign in if you do not wish to be included in any such photographs. We also encourage you to take photographs at the event and will set up a folder where these can be shared.