By: Jeffrey W Bates (Author), Michael CF Proctor (Foreword By)
542 pages, 35 plates with 86 colour photos; 665 colour distribution maps, 32 tables
An eminently readable description of the rich flora of mosses and liverworts found growing within a large part of West Wales accessible from Aberystwyth. Detailed accounts of the habitats of 643 species and varieties are included together with coloured maps showing their presence in 5 × 5 km squares. Parts of five vice-counties are covered encompassing such iconic sites as Cadair Idris, the Dyfi Valley, Ynyslas Dunes, Borth Bog, Cwm Rheidol, Pumlumon, Cwm Ystwyth, Tregaron Bog, the Elan Valley, Drygarn Fawr, the upper Wye Valley and the long coastline between Fairbourne and Llangrannog Head. Introductory chapters provide a background to the effects of geology, climate and man on the region's bryophytes, and also discuss phytogeography, important sites for conservation and the history of exploration of the flora. Although not intended as an identification guide, tips on identification are included within most of the accounts. The book is illustrated with colour photographs of important localities and a selection of close-up shots of both typical and rare species.
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