1375 pages, colour plates, illus.
This comprehensive and timely work by one of Britain's leading plant ecologists is the first of its kind with a dedicated, regularly updated website with distribution maps and computerized indexes. All vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens and non-lichenized fungi found locally are described, with tips on their easy identification, as well as information on the spatial scales of their distribution. The best local walks to find particularly species are also covered, with anecdotes on local history and architecture. The book provides a unique view of the region's flora set in the context of the landscape and regional history, with special mention of the importance of conserving rare and endangered species. The many colour plates show plants within their habitats, natural and urban, in all seasons, along with sites of historical interest.
Includes chapters on the geology of the region; Silwood Park and its history; and a Gazetteer of Berkshire place names.
Well researched and full of detail, this book is indispensable for those interested in Berkshire. As the author says in the preface: "I have tried to produce the book that I should have liked to own when I first moved to Berkshire in 1971".
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