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:


Annals of Botany Office.

The Annals of Botany Office is based at the University of Leicester.

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