This book brings together exeprts who have written a comprehensive and compelling account of the natural history of one of Britain's most iconic dales. Upper Teesdale, in Durham county, is renowned nationally and internationally for its remarkable flora, fauna and geology; these are described and illustrated in depth. Social heritage is celebrated, the unusual weather and climate are described and key conservation issues are raised.
Foreword / Lord Barnard v
Introduction / The Editor vii
1. People / Tom Gledhill 9
2. Weather and climate / Ian Findlay 23
3. Bedrock geology / Brian Young 35
4. Geomorphology and Quaternary glacial legacy / David J.A. Evans 59
5. Flora and vegetation / Margaret E. Bradshaw 89
6. Origins and history of the Teesdale flora / Margaret E. Bradshaw and Judith Turner 123
7. Fauna / John C. Coulson and Ian Findlay 139
8. Freshwater life / Martyn G. Kelly, Trevor D. Crisp, Ben Lamb and Brian Whitton 165
9. Conservation / Stephen Trotter 179
"A really brilliant book"
– Chris Woodley-Stewart, North Pennines AONB Partnership