Tuesday, 25 July 2017

New on the BSBI's News page

Chris in the Herbarium at Univ Leicester
Image: L. Marsh
If you haven't taken a look at the News page on the BSBI website recently, you may have missed some of the links we've been sharing to recently published papers and conferences.  

Here are a few recent items which may be of interest:

The future for biological surveys: BSBI members are invited to attend a forthcoming Linnean Society Symposium titled ‘What is the Future for Biological Surveys? Are specialists for key taxa at risk of becoming extinct?' One of the speakers will be Chris Metherell, BSBI's incoming President. The Symposium takes place on 7th September, 11am – 4.30pm, in the Linnean Society’s Meeting Room in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. More here.

How will climate change affect our wild flowers? BSBI's Head of Science Dr Kevin Walker is a co-author on a newly published paper in the journal Biological Conservation which assesses the impact of climate change on the distribution of over 3,000 British plants and animals across 17 taxonomic groups. Click here to download the paper in full.

Gunnera tinctoria: an ornanmental
species naturalised on Benbecula
Image: F. Donald 
Vegetation monitoring: Click here to download 'Long-term vegetation monitoring in Great Britain - the Countryside Survey 1978-2007 and beyond'.

Garden plants and invasive species: In 2015, BSBI members contributed to a survey aimed at trying to identify garden plants likely to become invasive in future. The authors have now published a paper based on the data collected. You can read 'Integrating invasive species policies across ornamental horticulture supply chains to prevent plant invasions' in full by clicking here.

Are Beech trees native to Scotland? According to researchers at the University of Sterling - yes they are! More here or go straight to the abstract. The full paper appears in the latest issue of Journal of Biogeography.

If you hear of any forthcoming conferences or symposia, or spot any new papers which may interest fellow botanists, please let me know so we can share them on the News page.