Ecological Flora of the Central Chilterns
by Tony F Marshall (MA, Cantab)
This comprehensive and innovative new publication is currently being compiled and will be offered free of charge in discrete sections as they become ready. Out of a projected 48 sections, 41 are already available for download (incl. index of plants and index of other species - sections 47 & 48).
This groundbreaking work records every plant that has ever been recorded in a typical 100-hectare area of the mid-Chilterns that includes Great Missenden, Hampden, Hughenden, Kingshill, Prestwood and Speen, plus others that may be seen in neighbouring parts of the Chilterns. It is the closest to a complete Flora of the Chilterns currently available.
While it is a scientific work, it should also be valuable as a reference to the layman who wants to learn more about the plants of the Chiltern area.
For each plant its distribution, frequency, and main identifying features are described, with key sites where it is most likely to be found, illustrated by photographs. It goes beyond the traditional flora in also describing the main ecological characteristics of each plant - other plants and creatures with which it is associated, including gall-creators, leaf-miners, predators, etc, including their human significance, with an emphasis on local records.
The book is based on a unique concentration of biological records for the main area covered, which go back a hundred years, not only of plants but also of all other species from fungi to mammals. While the author has been responsible for many of these records, he has been able to benefit from many other assiduous observers in the area in the past and present, and from records held at the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Environmental Records Centre. Many of the records have been contributed by members of Prestwood Nature, a community group of concerned conservationists that works towards the protection and improvement of the natural environment in the focus area.
Each section can be downloaded free, although donations to Prestwood Nature are always welcome and will contribute directly to their conservation work. As the book is continually in a process of revision and correction as new information is received, updated versions of each section will become available from time to time.
Sections in green are ready for downloading now.
Book I - Introduction
descriptions of the focus area, its chief habitats, woodland typologies, and changes in the area's flora over time
Book II - Trees and Large Shrubs
Book III - Spore-bearing plants
Section 10 Ferns and their allies
Book IV - Flowering plants: Monocotyledons
Section 11 Aquatic:
Sections 12-14 Terrestrial:
Book V - Flowering plants: Dicotyledons
Section 38: Asteraceae: Subfamily Asteroideae: Tribes Gnaphalieae, Inuleae, Astereae
Section 41: Araliaceae, Hydrocotylaceae, Apiaceae
Book VI - Rushes, sedges and grasses
Section 42: Juncaceae
Section 43: Cyperaceae
Section 44: Poaceae: Subfamilies Bambusoideae; Pooideae I - Tribes Stipeae, Poeae
Section 45: Poaceae: Subfamily Pooideae II - Tribes Meliceae, Bromeae
Section 46: Poaceae: Subfamilies Pooideae III - Tribes Brachypodieae, Triticeae, Danthonieae, Arundineae; Panicoideae
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