Wonderful Wildflowers of Wales, Volume 2: Seashores and Coastal Cliffs

Pat O'Reilly and Sue Parker

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Wonderful Wildflowers of Wales, Volume 2: Seashores and Coastal Cliffs

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"The essential guide to wildflowers of shingle beaches, sand dunes, dune slacks and coastal cliffs in Wales"

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A beautifully illustrated guide to wildflowers of seashores and coastal cliffs, with more than 100 large colour photographs including close-ups of individual flowers and size guides; flowering season date strips.

Inside the back cover there is a 'Dulux' colour chart index page to make species identification as straightforward as possible.

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"As someone with many years experience of photographing wild flowers in Wales I was impressed by the high quality of the photographs... ...I particularly liked the anecdotes and comments relating to the medicinal uses of some of the plants."

(Jane Rees, writing in Natur Cymru)

"This is the second volume in what can only be hoped to be an ongoing series. The two volumes published so far 'Woodland and Waysides' and 'Seashores and Coastal Cliffs' focus on habitats that anyone who loves the beautiful environment of Wales will appreciate. Creeping urbanisation, intensive farming and other threats to biodiversity that claim much of the land in the UK make the wildflower habitats of Wales so precious. This series is a glorious celebration, in full colour, beautifully set photographs, of both common and rare flowers. The books (light enough to take with you) will inspire both the avid specialist and the ordinary rambler alike. Complimenting the photographs are notes, not overly heavy on scientific detail, which explain folklore associated with particular species, and where and in what conditions you might have a hope of a sighting. At the back of each volume is a helpful colour chart to make identification easy, and a list of websites, with commentary, which enable the reader to understand how the habitats are cared for. These are beautiful little books, obviously written by enthusiasts who deeply appreciate the precious natural heritage of Wales, and anyone who feels the same will love them."

(Review on Amazon)

Contents List of this volume:

What’s Special about Coastal Habitats?

Red Valerian (Cetranthus ruber)

Spring Squill (Scilla verna)

Sea Kale (Crambe maritima)

Rock Sea-spurry (Spergularia rupicola)

Rest-harrow (Ononis repens)

Sea Campion (Silene uniflora)

Montbretia (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora)

Thrift (Armeria maritima)

Southern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa)

Common Scurvygrass (Cochlearia officinalis)

Fen Orchid (Liparis loeselii)

Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)

Common Twayblade (Listera ovata)

Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria)

Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris)

Alexanders (Smyrnium olusatrum)

Tree Lupin (Lupinus arboreus)

Early Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza incarnata)

Portland Spurge (Euphorbia portlandica)

Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca)

Common Sea-lavender (Limonium vulgare)

Sea Bindweed (Calystegia soldanella)

Hottentot-fig (Carpobrotus edulis)

Tormentil (Potentilla erecta)

Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio)

Tree Mallow (Lavatera arborea)

Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum)

Sea Stock (Matthiola sinuata)

Sea Aster (Aster tripolium)

Rock Samphire (Crithmum maritimum)

Bloody Cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum)

Stinking Iris (Iris foetidissima)

Wild Thyme (Thymus polytrichus)

Sea Mayweed (Tripleurospermum maritimum)

Autumn Lady’s Tresses (Spiranthes spiralis)

Gorse (Ulex europaeus)

Dewberry(Rubus caesius)

Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia palustris)

Burnet Rose (Rosa pimpinellifolia)

Dune Pansy (Viola tricolor ssp. curtisii)

Yellow-wort (Blackstonia perfoliata)

Lady’s Bedstraw (Galium verum)

Common Milkwort (Polygala vulgaris)

Round-leaved Wintergreen (Pyrola rotundifolia)

Sea Rocket (Cakile maritima)

Haresfoot Clover (Trifolium arvense)

Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

English Stonecrop (Sedum anglicum)

Bugloss (Anchusa arvensis)

Common Centaury (Centaurium erythraea)

Common Broomrape (Orobanche minor)

Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella)

Sticky Storksbill (Erodium lebelii)

Yellow Horned-poppy (Glaucium flavum)

Caring for Coastal Wildflower Habitats

Bog Pimpernel (Anagallis tenella)

Colour Chart

Several other related species are also pictured and described within the pages of the wildflowers listed above. (This book uses the commonly accepted term wildflowers, rather than wild flowers. Whatever your preference the flowers illustrated and described in this guide book are some of the most beautiful to be found in this kind of wild habitat.)

About the authors

Writer and broadcaster Pat O'Reilly has wandered the countryside throughout Europe in search of wildflowers for more than 50 years; he has written more than 20 books on wildlife and countryside topics.

Sue Parker is a frequent contributor to countryside magazines, radio and TV programmes and has been studying and photographing wild orchids for more than 30 years; this is Sue's ninth book.

This book uses the commonly accepted term wildflowers, rather than wild flowers. Whatever your preference the flowers illustrated and described in this guide book are some of the most beautiful to be found in Wales.

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