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The Nature of Wyre: A Wildlife-Rich Forest in the Heart of Britain

By: Brett Westwood(Editor), Peter Shirley(Editor), Rosemary Winnall(Editor), Harry Green(Editor), Chris Baines(Foreword By)

312 pages, colour & b/w photos, b/w illustrations, colour maps, 9 colour tables


Hardback | Dec 2015 | #224474 | ISBN-13: 9781874357698
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NHBS Price: £37.50 $48/€41 approx

About this book

On the borders of Shropshire and Worcestershire, the Wyre Forest is one of Britain's most important ancient woodlands and its survival, just 25 miles from the centre of Birmingham, is a modern miracle. Its history and geographical position make it home to a stunning array of wildlife from all corners of the British Isles which includes Dippers, Slavemaker Ants and Narrow-leaved Helleborine orchids. Wyre is justifiably known for its Lepidoptera and recent conservation efforts have succeeded in restoring nationally important populations of Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. Wood White and Grizzled Skipper also occur along with White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary. Wyre is also one of the most significant UK sites for moths and is home to such species as Drab Looper, White-barred Clearwing and the beautiful and very local micro-moth Schiffermuelleria grandis.

"'Colour-illustrated' can mean many things, from a few old-fashioned plates in the middle to a picture book in which only the words are in black. This book is unusual in that it has the colour and design of a coffee-table production but with a serious text worthy of British Wildlife. Sharp and well-composed portraits of the Wyre Forest and its denizens abound on every page, often taking up a full page, with nicely designed double-page spreads opening each new chapter. [...] This book is a thing of beauty [...] The Nature of Wyre is a remarkably detailed account of the wildlife of an English forest. [...] If any book was devised to appeal to the readers of British Wildlife, this is it."
– Peter Marren, British Wildlife 27(3), February 2016

"Every so often a local natural history is published that surpasses the usual standards of that genre: this is such a book [...]"
– Julian Greenwood, BTO book reviews


Acknowledgements   vi
Foreword   viii

Chapter 1. Wyre: An Introduction   2
Chapter 2. The Landscape   10
Chapter 3. A Brief History   26
Chapter 4. The Forest Flora   38
Chapter 5. Mosses and Liverworts   78
Chapter 6. Fungi   88
Chapter 7. Lichens   114
Chapter 8. Galls   122
Chapter 9. Insects   130
Chapter 10. Other Invertebrates   188
Chapter 11. Fish   204
Chapter 12. Amphibians and Reptiles   212
Chapter 13. Birds   228
Chapter 14. Mammals   264
Chapter 15. The Future of Wyre   288

References   292
Index   304

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