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About this book
About this book
This Flora of Cornwall is the most comprehensive so far. It is based on a survey of every kilometre square since 1999. It covers 3018 taxa and includes over 1200 distribution maps and more than 1700 photographs. It is based on 2.25 million flowering plant and fern computerised records. It also includes a chapter dealing with drift seeds (disseminules) written by Paul Gainey and the extensive bramble section is written by Keith Spurgin. Further sections include the effects of: climate, geology, soils, topography, mining, quarrying, and agriculture. In addition, there is information on vegetation history, key habitats, botanical regions, recording history, losses and gains, and rare and/or threatened plants.
Customer Reviews (1)
27 Jun 2021
Written for Hardback
I love this book. There's such a wealth of invaluable information and anecdote in it. The 1 km sq maps for most species provide an incredible picture of the distribution (and excellent coverage) which the county has achieved, and the relationship between distribution and geology. There are a lot of useful notes in the species accounts, great photos, fantastic features such as the Subgenus Rubus accounts – I am so tempted to take an interest in Cornwall's brambles now! The introductory sections are absolutely priceless – such a wealth of knowledge. It's a big book, and I've read mine to death over the last year, so the cover has now fallen off – but I reckon books are for using, and that's the biggest compliment I can give it.
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Flora / Fauna
548 pages, 1700+ colour photos, 1200+ colour distribution maps
A monumental large-format flora based on two decades of field work and more than 2 million records.
"[...] I have a few quibbles with the design. [...] That said, this is a state-of-the-art county flora that reflects great credit on Cornwall’s tight team of field botanists, and on the expertise, dedication and computer know-how of its author."
– Peter Marren, British Wildlife 32(3), December 2020