The BSBI In Hampshire

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland has a national network of Recorders, each responsible for plant records in his or her area.

What Do the Recorders Do?

©Martin Rand 2004

Our most important job is to preserve and maintain an archive of botanical records made within the county. To give you some idea of the scale of this task, we currently have approaching 900,000 Hampshire records computerised, with a rather smaller number as yet only on recording cards or paper.

This information is made available in various forms to organizations concerned with studying, monitoring or conserving Hampshire's flora. If you are undertaking a study for non-commercial research or conservation purposes, we may be able to supply selected data to you at no charge. If your study is part of a national initative, contact the BSBI Coordinator in the first instance; he will be able to put you in touch with all the right people. Enquiries from commercial consultants and organizations should go to the same person.

We also help to organize national BSBI projects at the local level. In recent years the most important of these have been:

©Martin Rand 2004

We are always pleased to receive plant records and we will happily participate in surveys and inspections if you think you have an interesting plant or a valuable plant site. We will help in getting plants correctly identified, but please remember that our time is limited and priority goes to BSBI members. Also do please be patient if you don't get an immediate reply; we won't forget you!

Most of our other activities take place in collaboration with the Hampshire Flora Group. If you have an interest in Hampshire plants at any level, you should sign up for this group, which is run by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Voting membership is free to Trust members; guests and visitors are welcome at meetings.

For news of the Hampshire Rare Plant Register and Atlas 2020 projects, click on the items in the menu sidebar at the top of the page.

©Martin Rand 2004

If you think you have found a rare or unusual plant...

...then we would love to hear from you. To protect and care for wild plants, we need to know where they grow! If you have a spreadsheet program, you will find a simple fill-in form on this site. Here are some general guidelines for submitting records.

First, please don't pick it. Some rarities are protected by law, and you shouldn't gather any part of them in Britain. Some sites are protected, and you need a licence to collect a plant from them. And you mustn't uproot any wild plant without the landowner's permission. In any case, to be useful, specimens of many species have to be gathered and preserved in a particular way.

What, where, when, who. These are the essential pieces of information to record.

There is other useful information you can provide if you have the time. How large is the population (size of patch, number of flowering spikes)? Is it scattered or all in a clump? What environment is it growing in (shady beechwood, south-facing heathy bank)? Are there any obvious threats to its well-being?

BSBI Recorders in Hampshire

To contact us by email: