The Mosses and Liverworts of Pembrokeshire

by Sam Bosanquet

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The Mosses and Liverworts of Pembrokeshire - a bryophyte county flora

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"Pembrokeshire, the 'Land's End' of Wales, is a county that has long attracted visiting naturalists. Its outstanding indented rocky coastline and its seabird islands have acted as magnets to those keen to experience the abundance of life forms peculiar to that magical boundary between land and saltwater. Knowledge of the many varied inland habitats of the county has, however, largely been the province of a handful of resident naturalists. Unfortunately most of the county's resident naturalists ignored bryophytes.

"That all changed when Sam [Bosanquet] arrived to undertake detailed vegetative mapping... ... he has ensured that we have access to the results of all this field work."

From the Foreword by Stephen Evans, BSBI vascular plant recorder for Pembrokeshire

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What's special about this book?

This comprehensive bryophyte county flora contains detailed accounts for all 534 bryophyte species (hornworts, liverworts and mosses) recorded in Pembrokeshire (Vice-county 45). Included in the book are tetrad distribution maps based on the author's personal visits to every one of Pembrokeshire's tetrads; plots of altitudinal range and sporophyte timing; and ecology of species, each of which is covered in depth.

There is also a substantial (100 page) introduction to the history of bryophyte recording in Pembrokeshire, comparison with neighbouring counties as well as more distant but ecologically similar counties, the biogeography of the county's species and their habitats, an account of declining and increasing species, and a review of SSSI bryophyte features in Pembrokeshire.

This book will be of particular interest to bryologists, local naturalists and other involved in biodiversity reporting at a local and national level. It is also a very useful reference for anyone undertaking bryological surveys or environmental assessments in Wales as well as those with a more general interest in mosses, hornworts and liverworts.

316 pages softback; 64 colour plates of species and habitats, more than 550 maps and diagrams; published in 2010.

ISBN: 978-0-9552022-1-6

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Review Extracts

"Sam Bosanquet’s fine new Pembrokeshire flora is a worthy addition to the genre and has, I feel, broken a considerable amount of new ground... ...the sheer amount of relevant detail in the book seems incredible. Almost 54,000 records are included, most of them made within the last 20 years... ...his great knowledge of and interest in Pembrokeshire has helped to make the book readable, which is not always the case in many serious scientific works.

"The Mosses and Liverworts of Pembrokeshire is a book I can recommend unreservedly. It fulfils its function admirably as a local bryophyte flora, while the amount of detailed information in the species descriptions, coupled with the reasonable price and its readability, makes it valuable to anyone interested in the flora of the British Isles in general."

Extract from review by Mark Pool in Field Bryology Feb. 2011 - full review...

About the Author

Sam Bosanquet is a botanist specialising in bryophytes; he works for Natural Resources Wales. As well as publishing many scientific papers on bryophytes and related topics, Sam Bosanquet also co-authored The Mosses and Liverworts of Carmarthenshire, a bryophyte county flora that was published in 2005.

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