“My First Year as BSBI Scotland Officer,’ with Matt Harding, Scotland Officer

 7:30 pm on Wednesday 31st January

Matt Harding, Scotland Officer for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI), will talk about his first year in this unique role, share some botanical highlights, discuss the BSBI’s Plant Atlas 2020, and look ahead to the future of the BSBI in Scotland.

A whirlwind first year took Matt from Unst to Teesdale, and from village halls to the Scottish Parliament, taking in both distinguished botanical hotspots such as Ben Lawers and Keen of Hamar, and, perhaps, lesser-known delights such as Dollar Glen with us, the Nature Section. Matt will discuss the varied nature of his role supporting botanical recorders across Scotland, promoting botanical skills training, organising events, and even botanising from time to time! 2023 also saw the publication of the BSBI’s Plant Atlas 2020, the most in-depth survey of the British and Irish flora ever undertaken and the product of 20 years of dedication and hard work by botanists across Britain and Ireland. Matt will share the concerning findings of this remarkable project and discuss the role Plant Atlas 2020 can play in helping to address the biodiversity crisis we are facing.

Matt basking in the glow of Diapensia, Diapensia lapponica, at its only British site above Glenfinnan.