The Wild Flowers of the Isle of Purbeck, Brownsea and Sandbanks

The Wild Flowers of the Isle of Purbeck, Brownsea and Sandbanks

The Isle of Purbeck is the richest area in Britain for its size for wild flowers. So what better place to get to see them? This book directs you to precise localities where you can see species in public places, including in the recently designated open access areas. Over 1000 kinds are covered and over 5000 plant sites described. There is a list of flower-rich localities, a calendar of outstanding displays, guidance for flower- hunting generally, and help in telling similar species from their look-alikes.

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Author: Edward A. Pratt
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 12 April 2008
Format and Pages: Paperback, 350pp
ISBN: 978-0-9553928-4-9
Retail Price: £14.99
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Sample text from The Wild Flowers of the Isle of Purbeck, Brownsea and Sandbanks

The Moors RSPB Reserve (Arne Moors)

This is a large area of wet meadows south of the River Frome between Ridge and Arne, much but not all of which is managed by the RSPB as a closed reserve to protect breeding birds. There is usually a guided walk in July to see the interesting plants, including Vipersgrass, Whorled Caraway, Tubular Water-dropwort, Unbranched Bur-reed, Least Bur-reed (some years), Opposite-leaved Pondweed, Great Fen-sedge, Cyperus Sedge and Long-stalked Yellow Sedge. For walk details contact the RSPB (see Appendix). Permission and directions to see Vipersgrass is given to individuals on request in June. Wellington boots are essential in all weathers.

Dorset HeathErica 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 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: Brandís Bog. Studland Heath: S of entrance to Spur Bog. Always present with Dorset Hybrid Haeth (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.

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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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