Conference: Botanical Society of the British Isles 20th – 21st September 2012


A great leap forward – biological recording since the 1962 Atlas of the British Flora

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK, 20th – 21st September, 2012



This two-day conference organised jointly by the Botanical Society of the British Isles and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh will commemorate the 50th anniversary of publication of the first Atlas of the British Flora, described by Max Nicholson in 1962 as “a great leap forward”. The main subject of the conference will be use of data from biological recording schemes to analyse trends in distributions over space and time over recent decades. The conference will demonstrate how approaches pioneered by the BSBI in the 1962 Atlas have been adopted by biologists studying many other taxonomic groups, in mainland Europe as well as the UK.

Peter Marren (UK), Chris Preston (CEH Wallingford), Trevor Dines (Plantlife), Robert Crawford (University of St Andrews), Richard Ennos (University of Edinburgh), Alison Jukes (University of York), Simon Smart (CEH Lancaster), Natasha de Vere, (National Botanic Garden of Wales), Brian Huntley (University of Durham), Mark Hill (Biological Records Centre, CEH Wallingford), Wouter van Landuyt (Brussels, Belgium), Sebastian Sundberg (Uppsala University, Sweden), Michael Braithwaite (UK), Helen Roy (CEH Wallingford), Antje Ahrends (Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh), Carly Stevens (University of Lancaster), Peter Carey (Bodsey Ecology Ltd), Chris Thomas (University of York), Giovanni Rapacciuolo (Imperial College), Rob Marrs (University of Liverpool), David Pearman (BSBI), Petr Pysek (Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic), Keith Porter (Natural England), Pete Hollingsworth (Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh), Mick Crawley (Imperial College, London,)

This distinguished line-up will explore the evolution and outcome of recording schemes, factors influencing species-richness, abundance and distribution, and the implications of recording data for land management and conservation.

The full programme is on the BSBI website, where bookings may also be made: