BSBI Archive

The Digital Archive is an ongoing project to digitise all the BSBIís publications and make them available freely to everyone.

If there is a paper that you would like us to scan, please make a request.

Literature Searches

On the BSBI Database you can search for botanical literature by genus. It is fairly comprehensive for publications on British & Irish plants in the second half of the 20th century.

Simpsonís Index

Douglas Simpsonís comprehensive listing of sources of botanical information relating to the British Isles is now a scarce and valuable tome. It was scanned and digitized by Tim Rich at the National Museum of Wales, and is made available here as a download. Abbrevations have been expanded to make it more readable, and Dr Rich would welcome feedback and corrections.

Simpson, N.D. 1960 A Bibliographical Index of the British Flora. Privately printed, Bournemouth. Digitized and expanded by  T.C.G. Rich, 2004.

>>> pdf 7.19 MB

Proceedings, BSBI Recorder and the Welsh, Irish and Scottish newsletters of the BSBI are also increasingly available on this archive. Scroll down the menu on the left of this page to see what is there.

BSBI News is the newsletter of the BSBI. It is not peer-reviewed, itís just a collection of letters sent in by members, but it contains many articles of interest to botanists. We have scanned most issues since it started in 1971, but some are still missing from our collection.

New! Cumulative Index of issues 1-110, compiled by Gwynn Ellis.

>> Cumulative Index (pdf 5.76 MB)


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Watsonia was the journal of the BSBI from 1949 till 2010, and it has now been replaced by the New Journal of Botany.

Visitors are welcome to download papers for their own purposes, but the copyright remains with the BSBI and they may not be reproduced for distribution or sale without permission.



To find the paper you want, you can download the complete index to Watsonia (vols 1-28) produced by Chris Boon and Gwynn Ellis:

>> Watsonia Index (Excel)




Other electronic publications

While we at the BSBI put our own publications online, plenty of other people are also making publications available for free over the internet. Here are some places you can try:

>> Google Books. Thousands of botanical books available.

>> Internet Archive. Follow the link to texts.

>> Biodiversity Heritage Library

>> Botanicus Digital Library

>> Digital Library of the Real Jardin Botanico

>> Tela Botanica

>> Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Biologie

>>> BSBI Home Page

Registered address: Botanical Society of the British Isles, Botany Department, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

The Botanical Society of the British Isles (known as BSBI) is a charity registered in England and Wales (212560) and in Scotland (SC038675).

>>> For general enquiries, the Coordinator of the BSBI is Alex Lockton.