The Wild Flowers of the Isle of Purbeck, 2nd Edition

The Wild Flowers of the Isle of Purbeck, 2nd Edition

Nine years after its first publication in 2008, in this revised second edition 38 plant species that had disappeared, and their sites, have been omitted, yet 81 new species and many new sites have been added. All maps have been updated, with three new ones added, showing flower-rich areas and new walks.

The Isle of Purbeck and its surroundings are, for their size, the richest area for wild flowers in Great Britain. This book is an essential companion for walks to see them in this beautiful region. It covers over 1200 species in over 5000 plant sites in public places, together with special flower-rich locations, assisted by maps, drawings and over 100 colour photographs of habitats and plants.



Author: Edward Pratt
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 20 December 2017
Format and Pages: Paperback, 320 pp
ISBN: 9781908241450
Retail Price: £18.00
Our Discount Price: £16.20

Sample text from The Wild Flowers of the Isle of Purbeck, 2nd Edition

Priory Meadow Reserve, Wareham (Wareham and District Development Trust) – SY924871 Map 2

This small meadow just south-east of South Bridge is a good place to see some commoner plants of wet ground, together with a diverse assemblage of species on the dry bank along the north side. Fat, Greater, Least and Ivy-leaved Duckweed have been seen under the wooden bridge at the east end, and Spear-leaved Willowherb near the south-west corner. Visitors are asked to keep to the track that runs around the reserve.


Dorset Heath Erica ciliaris

Native. Frequent. Wet heaths (but not on all), wet acid verges. Mid-July to October.

Nationally Rare.

Stoborough Heath: especially plentiful in area SE of A351 roundabout SW of A351 (approach from SE). Hartland Moor: plentiful by and to W of N end of Soldiers Road on 123 Stoborough Heath; very plentiful on Moor itself; very plentiful on Arne Triangle. Arne: plentiful on W end of Coombe Heath 100m SE of Arne Road. Bushey: Brenscombe Heath South. Godlingston Heath: Brand’s Bog. Studland Heath: S of entrance to Spur Bog. Always present with Dorset Hybrid Heath (see below for further sites). Flowers are usually spread out down one side of the stem, as shown in books or, like Cross-leaved Heath, are occasionally grouped close together at the top. See Plate 11.


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Reviews and readers' comments

Ted Pratt's book is a magnificent achievement and should be essential reading not just for those interested in the natural history of Dorset, but for a broader audience as an outstanding example of a local flora. It strikes an excellent balance between encouragement, inspiration and readablility for the beginner and detailed information for the seasoned botanist and will give much pleasure and enrichment to readers for many years to come. Peter Cramb, Newsletter of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, 2008

[This book] is an amazing compendium of notes and illustrations about every wild flower and plant - and there are hundreds of them - in this richly blessed corner of England. It is indispensible to anyone who loves the gardens and countryside of Purbeck. George Willey, Advertiser 2008


...What I like particularly was the enthusiasm that came through every page. Ted enjoys his botany and this shows in his suggestions on how to get the most out of a day's hunting. There are some nice photographs to look at and clear maps that would aid one in walking around selected areas. P. Hyde, The Wild Flower Society Magazine, 2008

...The book contains a great amount of detailed information and is written in a very friendly and entertaining way, with advice such as 'Pale Flax drops its petals at midday - so it looks better in the morning'! Tony Bates, Chairman, Dorset Wildlife Trust Magazine

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