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Welcome

Do you want to learn to identify plants from Britain and Ireland correctly, confidently and accurately, to learn how to use a Flora and to follow a botanical key? Identiplant could be the answer. Created to take near beginners to an intermediate level, Identiplant is for those who want to get started with serious botany. Use the menu at the top of the page to explore more about the course.

2024

Applications for Identiplant in 2024 are now closed.

We received a record of 460 applications this year.

All students who applied for the course should have now received an email from identiplant@bsbi.org letting you know the outcome of your application. If you applied and have not yet received an email, please check your spam folder or contact us at identiplant@bsbi.org.

All students who have been allocated a place and paid the course fee will be contacted by 31 Jan with their course login details and the name of their Tutor so that they can start the course shortly thereafter.

If you missed the application window for this year (closing date was 31 Dec), and would like to be notified when applications open again for 2025, you can express your interest below.

You can find more information on applications here.

Register your interest here

Become a Tutor

We are now only actively recruiting new Tutors for the 2024 Identiplant in Cumbria, East of England, Herts and Middlesex, Kent and the south west of England.

A special recruitment event was held in Stirling, Scotland on 17 Sept 2023 to grow Identiplant in Scotland and another was held online on 30 October for anyone interested in becoming a Tutor across Britain. These were very successful, but we are still very interested in hearing from suitably experienced individuals residing in the areas listed above who may be interested in the role.

For more information and to submit an expression of interest, head here.

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland

The BSBI is for everyone who cares about the wild plants of Britain and Ireland. Since 1836, we've been promoting the study, understanding and enjoyment of British and Irish botany. Identiplant officially became part of BSBI in 2022, after ten years of leadership from founder and author Brenda Harold and a team of volunteers. To find out more about the work of BSBI and how to get involved, visit our website.