The Surrey Botanical Society (SBS), originally known as Surrey Flora Committee (SFC), has been in existence since 1957 and aims to represent and unite all those who want to enjoy, study and record Surrey's astonishingly interesting, beautiful and diverse flora. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the subject and costs a mere £5.00/year. Why not Join us? New Members are always welcome and an Application Form can be downloaded from this website.
We hold regular Field Meetings in the growing season, which are very enjoyable. All Members are welcome, and no previous experience is required. There is a strong supportive, educational and social element to these meetings, and our more knowledgeable members are always ready to help those in need. There is an annual AGM, of course, and a Social Meeting. We have also organised a few workshops in the past. Informal recording meetings are also held and notice of these is emailed to members in advance.
Plant records are documented using MapMate and are co-ordinated with the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. If you do not have a copy of MapMate you can download and enter records on our MS Excel 2010 Recording Form and submit it periodically. Instructions for use of the spreadsheet and an example sheet are included. You can also download our Recording Strategy document.
We are compiling a Rare Plant Register, and gradually working towards a new Surrey County Flora. Bespoke applications are available on this website to view a searchable, interactive Virtual Map and interactive distribution maps of Surrey records and taxa by 1 Km Squares and Date Class (e.g. Widespread taxa). The interactive distribution maps are available for all taxa to SBS MembersWe also analyse the number of our MapMate records and taxa by date class biannualy and the results are circulated to members as Excel spreadsheets. The most recent may be downloaded from this website (see 1Km Records /Introduction). The Virtual Map, although focused on Surrey, covers the world. Because Google will be charging SBS from September 2019 for use of Virtual Map it will be limited to paying SBS members from then on.
Our members past and present either individually, in informal groups or at formal field meetings have currently amassed more than 750,000 records of 2,980 identified taxa from Surrey's 2,105 monads. Although this may seem a huge number there are more than 400 rare plants recorded in Surrey for which we would like more records.
Our Photo Gallery includes more than two hundred images of Surrey wild flowers taken by our members. This gallery may be searched by scientific or vernacular name. We also maintain a Facebook Group where you can share your images of Surrey's rich flora.
We publish biannual newsletters, which are sent to all members. These include meeting reports and other useful information on our activities. Back issues of our newsletters from 1957 to the present are available for members to download and there is an index to all series 2 issues published from Spring 2003 to the present.
Our website also includes lists of useful Links, including National Organisations, Aids to Identification, Local Natural History Societies, Wildlife Trusts. Maps, Sites of Special Scientific Interest & Reserves, and Facebook Groups and Blogs.