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Flora of County Longford
1 August 2017

In 1986 John (Seán) Thomas Howard submitted his MSc Thesis on the The Flora of County Longford. A copy of the manuscript was given to Maura Scannel and has been kept at the National Herbarium ever since. We are very grateful to Seán Howard for giving us permission for it to be scanned and made available.
Shane Brien (volunteer helper, BSBI) and Maria Long (Irish Officer, BSBI) have worked on scanning, formatting and indexing the flora to make this suitable for uploading. Any comments or feedback, please contact Maria Long(

Irish Bryophyte Group - Field Meetings 2013/2014
19 October 2013

The Irish Bryophyte Group welcomes beginners and experts to its field meetings. Joanne Denyer has organised a number of Irish Bryophyte Field Meetings over the winter 2013/2014, to be led by Maurice Eakin, George Smith, Rory Hodd and her good self. All are welcome, but please inform the leader in advance. If you are interested in joining the group contact Joanne at

Flora of County Limerick published
May 20, 2013

The publication of Sylvia Reynold's Flora of County Limerick is the third flora the Botanic Gardens has published, Sylvia's previous catalogue of the Alien plants of Ireland is also available from the Botanic Gardens bookshop or by post.
Prices and ordering information here...

Irish Officer for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI)
November 2, 2012

The BSBI have appointed Maria Long as their first Irish Officer. Maria will co-ordinating their activities in Ireland, supporting the Vice-county recorder network, as well as promoting other national projects. Maria will be based in the herbarium at the National Botanic Gardens for the two years of her appointment and looks forward to welcoming any BSBI members who wish to use the herbarium and library for their research. Not only does Maria bring a wealth of botanical knowledge to the post, but she is also an expert on slugs and snails, and has a background in grazing effects in the Burren.

Rare Stinkhorn appears in Dublin Garden
22 Dec 2011

The Basket Stinkhorn (Clathrus ruber), has been found in a city garden in Sutton. A relative of the more widely known stinkhorn, the spores of this mushroom are dispersed by flies attracted to the smell of rotting carrion it releases. This is an interesting discovery, as the only previous record for Ireland is from Clontarf in 1982. It may be more widespread, but as the fruiting body only lasts a bit over 24 hours, it is very rarely seen. The fungus has probably been introduced into Ireland and other parts of Northern Europe, possibly through the movement of mulch or other materials used in gardening and landscaping.

Irish Pollinator Initiative: Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme
21 March 2011

In addition to the honeybee, Ireland has 20 species of bumblebee and 80 species of solitary bees. Half these species are now in serious decline in Ireland. The Irish Pollinator Initiative is about pooling expertise to tackle the problem and develop positive actions. A new website has been developed to provide a centralised information source on the importance of pollination, and on the ecology, distribution, and conservation of Ireland’s key pollinators. You can get involved in the Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme through the Irish Pollinator Initiative website at:

14 February 2011

The European Bryophyte Ex situ Conservation Network is a group of people working on ex situ conservation of Bryophytes. The aim being to develop techniques, disseminate information, identify training requirements and foster collaborations. The webpage has numerous links to articles on in vitro techniques; cryopreservation; Fungal interactions; Natural chemistry; and Books.
Click here to visit the site.

A new Crypic network - The Fern, Moss, Liverwort and Lichen conservation network
21 July 2010

At the recent Fourth Global Botanic Gardens held in the National Botanic Gardens in June 13-18th 2010 a new network of gardens and individuals working on conservering RARE Fern, moss, liverwort and lichen (Cryptogams) species as "insurance collections" in Gardens accross the globe was launched. The importance of these mostly diminutive representatives of our flora was outlined and the role gardens can play in their conservation was outlined.
Click here for more information

Mosses and Liverwort recording in Ireland
21 July 2010

A new Irish Branch of the British Bryological Society (BBS) has been launched and is being run by the Dublin Naturalist Field Club and Dr. Jo Denyer. Jo has set out an early ambitious task to have all the bryophyes (mosses and liverworts) in Co. Wicklow National Park recorded by November 2010 and has launched a new newsheet with events called "Irish Bryophyte News". If you are interested in joining the group contact Jo at

Robert Lloyd Praeger's headstone restored
17 April 2010

an Taisce have restored Robert Lloyd Praeger's headstone in Dean's Grange graveyard. Matthew Jebb gave a brief talk at the graveside on Saturday the 17 April 2010 to celebrate the remarkable life of this Botanist and polymath and describe the selection and significance of the plants supplied by the staff of the National Botanic Gardens ...

Read more here ...

Back issues of Irish Botanical News on the web
3rd March 2010

Since 1991, Irish members of the BSBI have received Irish Botanical News from Brian Rushton each year. This excellent newsletter brings useful updates from around the country, as well as articles on specific and general aspects of Irish botany. Back issues up to 2008 are now available on the BSBI website.
Paul Green has now taken over the editing of the Newsletter. It is one of many good reasons to belong to the BSBI . . .

The Irish Grid and Lat/Long conversions
24 July 2009

Paul Whelan has recently launched a truly excellent mapping system on his website
As well as enabling instant conversions between Irish Grid and Latitude/Longitude co-ordinates, the site allows you to pan and zoom in google maps and locate a position on satellite images with extreme precision.
N.B. MS Internet Explorer Users Beware! the browser cannot handle google maps effectively.
link to convertor page . . .

Locating placenames in Ireland
20 July 2009

The Placenames Commission (Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs) and Fiontar (DCU) has developed an online database to the Placenames of Ireland. This provides simultaneous translations in English and Irish and provides four-figure grid references to all the townlands of Ireland. An invaluable resource for tracking down localities of plants.
link to here

The Plant Conservation Network for Ireland
21 March 2009

A web page for keeping up to date with current plant research in Ireland relevant to the conservation of the Irish Flora

We are trying to establish an on-line listing of current, and recent, botanical research in Ireland that has a bearing on conservation or ecology of our flora. The purpose is to try to ensure that we are all aware of one anothers work, and can exchange and seek advice from one another. Please visit the forum pages and submit your research activites and encourage others you know of to do so.
Visit the Forum pages here . . .

Irish Plant Scientists' Association Meeting (IPSAM) 2009
7th February 2009

You are warmly invited to the Irish Plant Scientists' Association Meeting (IPSAM) 2009 to be held from the evening of Wednesday 18th to lunchtime of Friday 20th March at Trinity College Dublin. As with all IPSAM meetings, it is open to anyone working in plant sciences or interested in plant research in Ireland, from molecular to physiological to taxonomical and ecological scientists, and everything in between! The deadline for abstract submission is 20th February, and for early bird registration 20th February.
Further details are available shortly on the Trinity Botany Department website.

Flora of County Waterford published
26th August 2008

This is the first flora to be written for county Waterford, and a great tribute to Paul Green's meticulous and thorough fieldwork. Paul Green has spent the past 10 years working on the flora, and it contains detailed introductory chapters outlining the work involved, some of Paul's favourite botanical walks, a botanical history of the county and a description of the habitats found in the county. The species accounts give a summary of the status, ecology, and distribution of 1,530 taxa recorded since 1746. For the majority of species there are tetrad maps, The National Biodiversity data Centre have launched an interactive Web Flora to coincide with the publication.
You can inspect an on-line version of the flora here, and order the flora direct from the National Botanic Gardens here.

Golden-Eye Lichen re-found in Cork
30th January 2008

The Golden-Eye lichen has been refound by lichenologist Vince Giavarini during the current Lichen Ireland Survey. Paul Whelan of has written a short piece on his excellent website. read more here. . ..

Bryophyte Synonymy list for Ireland
3rd June 2007

A synonymy spreadsheet for the bryophytes of Ireland is now available
This is similar to the spreadsheet for vascular plants produced some years ago.
The spreadsheet will automatically look up the current name for a taxon and provide the authority, common name and family placement.
Download the spreadsheet here. . .

ALIEN PLANTS - Target-10 Webpage
12th April 2007

Target 10 of Ireland's National Strategy for Plant Conservation aims to put in place management plans for at least 10 major alien species that threaten plants, plant communities and associated habitats and ecosystems in Ireland. See here for more details. . .

On-Line Census Catalogue
15th January 2007

An updated census catalogue to the Vascular Flora is now available on-line. here . . .

A new grass for Ireland
7th April 2006

In May 2005, Tony O'Mahony discovered the diminutive sand-dune grass Mibora minima at Cannawee dune system in West Cork, the first record of this species in Ireland.
Other coastal plants we have 'yet' to find in Ireland are Ononis reclinata, Rumex rupestris, and Trifolium squamosum.

New mosses for Ireland
7th April 2006

Intensive fieldwork by bryologists David Holyoak and Nick Hodgetts over the past few years has yielded a host of new mosses and liverworts for Ireland. In 2005, David Holyoak described a new species of moss collected at Lough Oughter in Co. Cavan - Ephemerum hibernicum - however, its status as an Irish endemic was short lived after it was discovered in Wales and Spain shortly thereafter.
National Parks and Wildlife service has contracted these two botanists to conduct rare bryophyte surveys in Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Offaly, Roscommon and Tipperary. This year they will be surveying Cork and Kerry.
David Long of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, has also made many valuable contributions while on holidays in the west of Ireland.
See Recent Additions to the Irish Flora for more info on these and other species.

What is the Irish Botany Newspage ?
26th October 2005

This webpage is part of the National Strategy for Plant Conservation. Its purpose is to provide a notice board, advertising hoarding, or simply a place to report news on the Irish Flora and those working with it. It is meant to keep everyone informed of what everyone else is doing.
Please email me any stories, observations, corrections, remarks or comments about activities you or your organisation is undertaking (matthew.jebb at

A new Red Data List for vascular plants in Ireland
18th October 2005

The Red Data Book for Irish vascular plants is now 21 years old (1988), and the work needed to update both the information and assess the species on such a list is pressing. A new Red Data List has been drawn up by Naomi Kingston of the Wildlife Service, and this is available for consultation here.
Feedback and suggestions on this list are being sought as part of a consultative process that we hope will culminate in a gap-analysis workshop that will take place in the National Botanic Gardens in October 2006.