Woodland Flowers: Colourful Past, Uncertain Future

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.

A scientifically robust but highly readable account of the wood beneath the trees.

More often than not, we don’t see the wood for the trees. Observing the plants of the forest floor–the flowers, ferns, sedges and grasses–can be a vital way of understanding the nature of British woodland.

For centuries, woodland plants have been part of our lives in practical ways, as food and medicines, and as the inspirations for poetry, perfume and pub signs. They tell us stories about the history of woodland, its past management, and how that has changed–not always for the better. They can also be a visible sign of progress when we get conservation right.

In this insightful and original account, Keith Kirby explores how woodland plants in Britain have come to be where they are, how they cope with living in the shade of their bigger relatives and tolerate the attentions of grazing herbivores, the challenges they face with changing conditions throughout the seasons, and how they respond to threats in the form of storms, fires, droughts and floods. 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, while profiles of some of our most important and popular ground flora species provide extra detail and insight.

Title: Woodland Flowers Colourful past, uncertain future
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ISBN: 1472949072,9781472949073
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Genre: Nature / Plants / Flowers
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Pages: 400
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