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The Flora of Derbyshire

Red Data BookFlora / Fauna

By: Alan Willmott (Author), Nick Moyes (Author), Clive A Stace (Foreword By)

458 pages, 200 colour photos, 1149 colour distribution maps, colour tables


Hardback | Apr 2015 | #221960 | ISBN-13: 9781874357650
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About this book

Willmot & Moyes' The Flora of Derbyshire will be the first Flora for this botanically-rich county since 1969. Printed in full colour throughout, it covers all wild flowers, trees, conifers and ferns recorded in Derbyshire over the last 400 years. Based on ¾ million plant records, it is the culmination of nearly 20 years of research and fieldwork by the authors and their helpers.

Its 1,919 species accounts describe the status, habitats and distribution of all Derbyshire's wild plants. Colour maps for over 1,100 species are included, with modern and historic records plotted at tetrad level (2 km × 2 km) in a clear unambiguous manner that few other atlases achieve. Different map backgrounds are used to assist understanding of species distribution, and include roads and urban areas, waterways, landscape character, geology and relief.

Introductory chapters describe the landscapes and vegetation of the county, the history of Derbyshire field botany and the story of local plant conservation. One chapter, entitled "Where to See Plants in Derbyshire", is set to become an important resource for local and visiting plant lovers as it describes over 50 easily accessible and botanically-rich sites to visit, spread right across the county.

This is the first county Flora to be published which includes the brand new 2014 designations of "England Red List Species". All of Derbyshire's own Red Data List plants are tabulated in a separate chapter, with others covering the very latest species discoveries, past published errors, plus a list of indicator species for each of Derbyshire's major plant habitats.

1,919 Species Accounts
840,000 plant records analysed
400 year historical coverage
20 years of recording effort
50+ sites to visit
11 Derbyshire Landscape Character Areas described
9 Supporting Chapters


Foreword   v
Introduction   vi

Chapter 1. Derbyshire - its landscapes and vegetation   1
Introduction   1
Natural vegetation   2
Derbyshire Landscape Character Areas   2
   1 The White Peak   3
   2 The Dark Peak   5
   3 The South West Peak   7
   4 The Magnesian Limestone   7
   Other lowland Derbyshire landscapes   8
   5 The Peak Fringe   8
   6 The Coal Measures   9
   7 The Claylands   10
   8 The Trent Valley   11
   9 The Parklands   12
   10 The Southern Coal Measures   13
   11 The Mease Lowlands   13
Lowland Derbyshire habitats   14

Chapter 2. Species accounts and maps   18
Explanatory notes   18
Accounts – Ferns and fern allies   25
Accounts – Conifers   36
Accounts – Flowering plants   39

Chapter 3. A history of Derbyshire field botany   364
Pre-17th century   364
The 17th century   365
The 18th century   365
The 19th century   366
The 20th century   369
The 21st century   374
Appendix: Derbyshire plants in British Herbaria   375

Chapter 4. Conserving Derbyshire's flora   376
Introduction   376
Derbyshire's conservation roots   376
Nature conservation designations   377
The changing fortunes of the county's vegetation and flora   378
Distribution and state of plant habitats   379
Recent conservation of plants and habitats   384
Conserving our flora — is there a brighter future?   385
Addendum   388

Chapter 5. Where to see plants in Derbyshire   389
Introduction   389
1. Sites in The White Peak   389
2. Sites in The Dark Peak   392
3. Sites in The South West Peak   394
4. Sites in The Magnesian Limestone   395
5. Sites in The Peak Fringe   396
6. Sites in The Coal Measures   398
7 .Sites in The Claylands   399
8. Sites in The Trent Valley   401
9. Sites in The Parklands   402
10. Sites in The Southern Coal Measures   403
11. Sites in The Mease Lowlands   404
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust reserves   404

Chapter 6. The Derbyshire Flora Project   406
Introduction   406
Survey method   406
Flora website   407
Derbyshire Red Data List   407
Coverage   407
Results   409
   Status categories   409
   Local change 1: Absolute gains   410
   Local change 2: Absolute losses   410
   Local change 3: Gains in abundance   411
   Local change 4: Losses in abundance   413
   Geographic analysis of native species   413
Conclusions   414

Chapter 7. New species records   416

Chapter 8. Errors and unconfirmed species   417

Chapter 9. Derbyshire Red Data List   418

Chapter 10. Habitat indicator species   422

Acknowledgements   428
Glossary   430
References   435
Index   441

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