The Botanical Society of Scotland SCIO aims to advance the appreciation and understanding of all plants and fungi; we welcome all enthusiasts.

Founded in 1836 as the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, the Society grew to become the Botanical Society of Scotland in 1991. In 2011 we celebrated the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Society and the 20th anniversary of the change of name to reflect the expansion of the Society's interests.

The BSS promotes the study of non-flowering plants and algae, fungi and lichens as well as flowering plants. In this broad scope we are unique among British botanical societies. The Society has close historical and continuing links with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Scottish universities. We also have links to the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Plantlife Scotland, among others, as well as local groups.

Activities include lectures, symposia, field excursions, field projects and an annual exhibition meeting (held jointly with the BSBI) for exchange of information between botanists working in different areas (See Activities).

Publications include a twice-yearly newsletter, BSS News, and a scientific journal, Plant Ecology & Diversity. As well as occasional books and reports.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in plants, whether professional or amateur. Current members include professional academic plant scientists, horticulturists, students and amateur field botanists, based in Scotland and around the world. Join here.

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