The Botanical Section welcomes anyone interested in all kinds of plants. Join us from spring to autumn on our Summer excursions to explore the many beautiful places of Perthshire and discover their fascinating flora. We hold about twelve excursions a year, either in the evenings, during the week or at weekends. Our searches cover a wide range of habitats, from mountain tops to river valleys, looking at plants throughout the seasons and ending with a fungal foray. There is at least one excursion organized for the summer that takes us beyond the boundaries of Perthshire. Members are always on hand to help with plant identification and with the understanding of our flora.

During the winter months the Botanical Section organizes six talks on different aspects of plant life or natural history. The evening meetings are very popular and we finish the evening over a cup of tea or coffee with a chance to chat to the speaker and other members.

The outstanding work of Francis Buchanan White, the founder of the PSNS, resulted in the publication of the Flora of Perthshire in 1898 after his death. The Flora includes records made by other members, including the Birnam Postie, Charles Macintosh, whose botanical interests influenced Beatrix Potter. Latter day members helped to compile The Checklist of the Plants of Perthshire (available to purchase – see our publications page), and we continue our efforts to update our knowledge of the flora of this, very special area.

The section publishes an annual bulletin and copies are available to download on the PSNS Publications page.

Today, PSNS members continue to be involved in community activities. For the 2016 Doors Open day at Perth Museum and Art Gallery our members produced a series of educational panels on the “Architectural Significance of Plants”


The Botanical Programme for 2017/18

All meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the Sandeman Room, AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth PH2 8EP

October 25:  ‘Scottish Butterflies’, Anthony McCluskey, Butterfly Conservation

November 15:   ‘South-East Alps – their flora and landscape’, David Merrie, Blairgowrie

December 06:   ‘The Orchids of Central Scotland’, Dr Roy Sexton, SWT, Stirling
(joint talk with Botanical Society of Scotland)

January 17:   ‘Non-Native Plants in Scotland – should we be worried?’, Robin Payne, Trustee Plantlife Scotland

February 07:   ‘Plant Families Workshop’, Dr Faith Anstey, Dalguise

March 21:   Botanical Section AGM – Note change of date

Recent Bulletins of the Section

Perthshire Society of Natural Science – PSNS – Botanical Section – Bulletin 40 – 2017 – Reports from 2017 field meetings (pdf)

PSNS Botanical excursion programme 2018 (pdf)


Earlier Bulletins can be downloaded from the PSNS Publications page. A Spreadsheet index to excursion venues described in Section Bulletins can also be downloaded.