Wild Britain By Richard North

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Wild Britain is a celebration of a major, often untouched part of the British landscape. Some of it is in wild, high places. Much more is occasionally or routinely inundated by the sea. Parts are soaked every winter by rivers which flood their banks. In the centre of Birmingham, in a secret, wet-footed copse, the wood horsetail, amongst Britain’s most ancient and rare plants, hangs on nobly, defended by loving locals. In the immensity of Scotland’s peat-lands, fourteen different sphagnum mosses – every shade of green, yellow and velvet red, each with its particular station in the watery habitat – make a vegetation landscape over many square miles, overlooked by massive mountains. This terrain is at the fringe of man’s world, where land meets water

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We can turn it into agricultural land only at vast expense, and so it has often survived for centuries as a place for wildlife and people seeking out unspoilt loveliness. In this book, Richard North looks at the landscape, geology, geography, flora and fauna of the wetlands and takes the reader on a guided tour of many of them. From the Somerset Levels to the Norfolk Broads, from the Derwent Ings to North Meadow, Cricklade, he points out the beauty and importance of what is there, discusses the flora and the wildlife that give each its value to conservationists and naturalists and discusses the competing claims which, in many instances, threaten their survival. Pre-owned. Bound in green cloth with gilt titling to spine. Some sun bleaching to tops and bottoms of front and back boards together with some small stains and marks. dust jacket, although untorn and unclipped is a little tanned. A sticker with the original price of the book is affixed to the top right of the front of the dust jacket. Contents leaning slightly. Hardcover. Published by Century Publishing 1983. Weight 811g

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Weight 0.811 kg