The rugged and beautiful coastal regions of Britain and Ireland are among the crowning glories of these islands. Few visitors can fail to marvel at the stunning sight of Cornwall's clifftops resplendent with flowering Thrift, or be struck by the resilience of plants that thrive on the inhospitable shingle beaches of Dungeness on the coast of Kent. This field guide covers more than 600 species of wildflowers and other coastal flora found in Britain and Ireland, and coastal mainland Northwest Europe. Detailed species accounts describe the wildflowers, grasses, sedges and rushes that occur on the coast or in abundance within sight of the sea. Stunningly illustrated throughout, this comprehensive, user-friendly guide also covers trees and shrubs, a range of other groups from mosses to seaweeds, and more broadly, the natural history of coastal habitats.
– Covers more than 600 species of flowering plants
– Features over 1,500 spectacular colour photos
– Describes other groups such as ferns, mosses, liverworts, lichens, fungi and seaweeds
– Provides colour distribution maps for Britain and Ireland
Paul Sterry is a bestselling wildlife author and photographer whose many books include HarperCollins Complete North American Wildlife and Birds of Eastern North America (Princeton).
Andrew Cleave is a highly regarded educator and environmentalist whose many books include A Naturalist’s Guide to the Trees of Britain and Northern Europe and Curious Creatures.