The Flora Of Berkshire

The Flora Of Berkshire

Including those parts of modern Oxfordshire that lie to the south of the River Thames


This comprehensive and timely work by one of Britain's leading plant ecologists is the first of its kind with a dedicated, regularly updated website with distribution maps and computerized indexes. All vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens and non-lichenized fungi found locally are described, with tips on their easy identification, as well as information on the spatial scales of their distribution. The best local walks to find particularly species are also covered, with anecdotes on local history and architecture. The book provides a unique view of the region's flora set in the context of the landscape and regional history, with special mention of the importance of conserving rare and endangered species. The many colour plates show plants within their habitats, natural and urban, in all seasons, along with sites of historical interest.


Note for booksellers: this book is distributed by Summerfield Books.

Author: Michael J. Crawley FRS
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 2005
Format and Pages: Hardback, 1375pp.
ISBN: 0-9543347-4-4
Retail Price: £50
Our Discount Price: £35

Sample text from The Flora Of Berkshire

Contents


Preface


Introduction


Physical Background


Plant Communities if Berkshire


The Botanist in Berkshire


Silwood Park and its History


Analysis of Patterns and Trends in the Flora of Berkshire


Vascular Plants


Charophytes by N.F. Stewart


Liverworts, Hornworts and Mosses    by J.W. Bates


Lichens    by M.R.D. Seaward


Fungi    by M.J. Crawley & E.E. Green


Gazetteer of Berkshire Place Names


Bibliography


Index


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Reviews and readers' comments

This vast tome, measuring 7cm thick and weighing several kilograms, sets out to be 'the first post-modernist county flora'. Its 1,376 pages include all the native and alien vascular plants of the old vice county of Berkshire, that is the pre-1972 county south of the Thames and including bits now in Oxon or Hants...


          Established aliens or 'neophytes are treated on an equal footing with the native plants. More unusually, the Flora includes garden flowers and planted trees; for example, every kind of cultivated daffodil in the county is detailed over 20 pages. On the other hand, the normally obligatory distribution maps are dispensed with. In the author’s view, dot maps are unsuffiviently detailed to reveal much about rare species, while common ones are regularly under-recorded and so the maps mean even less. Another innovation is a website on which the Flora can be continually updated...


            Taking up half the introductory pages is an account of ‘The Botanist in Berkshire’, which leads the reader through every village and parish in the county, sketching not only their special plants but also their architecture, history and landscape. Appropriately for an increasingly suburban county, this is a Flora of old walls, street pavements, urban roundabouts, post-industrial wasteland, building sites and rubbish dumps as much as of semi-natural countryside...


  This is a bold and radical new Flora conceived and largely written by one man, a refreshing contrast to some of the rather bland committee productions of recent years. Aspects of it are bound to be controversial, but as a whole it offers a spacious botanical portrait of a modern county in almost overwhelming detail. More than most Floras, it succeeds in placing plants in their physical, biological and historical context. Perhaps it captures a moment in time between the rural county rich in natural habitats of pre-war Berkshire and the brave new landscape of burgeoning street flowers and sterile countryside we are creating for ourselves.


Peter Marren, British Wildlife, December 2005


 

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