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Woodland Flowers

by Dr Keith Kirby

Part of the British Wildlife Collection Series

Woodland Flowers Synopsis

Observing the plants of the forest floor - the flowers, ferns, sedges and grasses - can be a vital way of understanding our relationship with British woodland. They tell us stories about its history and past management, and can be a visible sign of progress when we get conservation right. For centuries, woodland plants have also been part of our lives in practical ways as food and medicines, and they have influenced our culture through poetry, perfume and pub signs. In this insightful and original account, Keith Kirby explores how woodland plants in Great Britain have come to be where they are, coped with living in the shade of their bigger relatives, and responded to threats in the form of storms, fires, floods, the attentions of grazing herbivores and the effects of the changing seasons. Along the way, the reader is introduced to the work of important botanists who have walked the woods in the past, collecting information on where plants occur and why. In-depth profiles of some of our most important and popular ground flora species provide extra detail and insight. Beautifully illustrated, Woodland Flowers is a must for anyone who appreciates and wants to learn more about British woodland and its plants.

Woodland Flowers Press Reviews

An informative and enlightening book for those who love woodlands but seek a deeper understanding of the myriad plants that clothe the forest floor * Gardens Illustrated * Woodland Flowers offers wonderful insight into these other-worldly habitats * English Garden * Kirby's extensive knowledge is presented in a volume that is both accessible and detailed, in a format that will appeal to both the ecologist and anyone who simply appreciates and wants to learn more about woodlands and its flora * BBC Wildlife *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472949073
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Author: Dr Keith Kirby
Publisher: Bloomsbury Wildlife an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Categories: Trees, wildflowers & plants, Conservation of wildlife & habitats, Plant ecology, The countryside, country life,

About Dr Keith Kirby

Keith Kirby is currently a visiting researcher at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, where his main areas of work include analysis of long-term woodland changes and rewilding. Before that, he worked as a woodland ecologist with the government conservation agencies for many years, first with the Nature Conservancy Council and then its successor bodies, English Nature and Natural England. Keith was awarded the Royal Forestry Society Gold Medal for Distinguished Services to Forestry in 2011, and the CIEEM Medal for his outstanding, lifelong contribution to the advancement of ecology, forestry and woodland management in 2014. He has written widely ...

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