The Society's activities

BSS is unique in being the only British botanical society with a keen interest in both flowering and non-flowering plants (e.g. ferns, mosses, algae and fungi). There is also an active alpine section, while conservation of our flora has high priority in our interests.

Lecture programme

These wide interests are covered in the winter Lecture Programme. Lectures are held mainly in Edinburgh, and occasionally in Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and St. Andrews. See Events page for details of the next lectures or download the full programme from foot of this page.

Field Programme

Field meetings are held during summer and autumn to record both flowering and non-flowering plants all over Scotland. See the Events page or download the full programme from foot of this page. Many members are currently participating in the Urban Flora of Scotland Project. All participants in field meetings must be familiar with the code of conduct for field excursions.

Joint BSS and BSBI Scottish Annual Meeting

We hold a joint all day meeting with the BSBI every autumn. The programme and booking form for the 2017 meeting can found at and

Symposia and conferences

Symposia lasting several days and devoted to a specific topic are organised from time to time.

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