A new book describing nearly one thousand wild and naturalised species of flowers and ferns found on the Isles of Scilly is getting high praise from both professional botanists and amateur enthusiasts throughout the country.
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The New Flora of the Isles of Scilly is the culmination of many years of study by author Rosemary Parslow, with the help of co-author Ian Bennallick and designer Glynn Bennallick.
Rosemary Parslow said, “We wanted to produce a book that was colourful, included lots of photos and distribution maps, plus information to interest not only the experts, but beginners also. Due to the mostly mild and moist sub-tropical climate of the islands, some plants occur in the Isles of Scilly more abundantly than on the British mainland, and some are found nowhere else in Britain. We hope the book will stimulate more research and interest in the island’s special flora, and help people enjoy and appreciate the wonderful floral displays they see when they walk around the islands.”
The book’s sections include the geographical position of the Isles of Scilly, the early history of botanical recording, island habitat maps, descriptions of individual islands, alien plants, plant habitats, species accounts and maps, a gazetteer of places, bibliography and useful references, and a list of recorders and contributors. It brings the record up to date since Lousley’s 1971 Flora.
The New Flora of the Isles of Scilly
Supported by the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly hosted by Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders.
540 pages; full colour illustrations
Publication Date: April, 2017
Online: Go to Cornwall Wildlife Trust Shop (10% of purchase price will be donated to Cornwall Wildlife Trust)
1. The cover of The New Flora of the Isles of Scilly
2. Cineraria in St Mary's churchyard, by Ian Bennallick
3. Dwarf Pansy at Bryher, by Ian Bennallick
4. Wingletang Down at St Agnes, by Rosemary Parslow
5. Foxgloves at St Martin’s, by Ian Bennallick