09:30 Doors open for exhibitors.
10:30 Exhibition opens: exhibits and booksellers.
11:30 - 12:30 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 Rare Plant Registers as aids to recording – Polly Spencer-Vellacott (BSBI Welsh Officer).
❖ 11:45 Do BSBI national field meetings throw up interesting records? – Jon Shanklin (BSBI Field Meetings Secretary).
❖ 12:00 BSBI and the National Biodiversity Network: from Gateway to Atlas - Jo Judge (CEO, National Biodiversity Network).
❖ 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 Surprising plant records and the botanists who recorded them – Paul Smith (Chair, BSBI Records & Research Committee; BSBI County Recorder for the Outer Hebrides).
❖ 15:15 The new Rare Arable Flowers App: identifying, recording and conserving one of our most threatened plant groups – Markus Wagner/Karolis Kaslauskis (BRC/CEH).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
By car: 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. We encourage you to car-share with anybody else coming from your area, so please email us at email@example.com if you either need a lift or would be willing to offer one.
By bus: There are regular buses from Oxford to Reading, via Wallingford:
Bus options are available to Wallingford from Didcot via the X2 bus route https://assets.goaheadbus.com/media/cms_page_media/2016/9/8/Thames%20Travel%20-%20X2%20-%20July%202016.pdf and from Reading and Oxford Stations https://assets.goaheadbus.com/media/timetable_pdf/X39X40_Leaflet_Sept2015_WEB.pdf
By rail: Unfortunately there are travel restrictions on the trains on the weekend of the 26th November. This means trains between London and Bristol are no longer stopping at Didcot Parkway. There will however be special trains set up between Reading and Didcot, and so you can still arrive by train into Cholsey and Didcot.
The following has been taken from http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/146995.aspx accessed 14/10/16. Please use this link to keep abreast of any updates and get guidance when booking your ticket.
Trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads will run hourly. They will be diverted between Reading and Bath Spa, and will not call at Didcot Parkway, Swindon or Chippenham. An hourly train service will run between Swindon, Chippenham, Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads. Buses will run between Reading and Swindon, and between Didcot Parkway and Swindon.
Trains between London Paddington and South Wales will run hourly. On Saturday, they will be diverted between Reading and Swindon, not calling at Didcot Parkway, and will make an extra stop at Chippenham On Sunday they will be diverted between Reading and Bristol Parkway, and will not call at Didcot Parkway and Swindon but call additionally at Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads. Journey times will be extended.
Extra trains will run between London Paddington, Maidenhead, Reading and Didcot Parkway.
You can also get local taxis from the rank outside Didcot Parkway, but if you arrive into Cholsey, you NEED TO BOOK CHOLSEY TAXIS IN ADVANCE AS THERE NO TAXI RANK AT CHOLSEY.
Here are some local taxi companies:
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.