Just before Christmas 2014 three books were published that may be of interest to members. Unfortunately two of them are very expensive.
Volume 2 of the Flora of Great Britain and Ireland by Peter Sell and Gina Murrell covers the families Capparaceae to Rosaceae including Brassicaceae. It is a book of nearly 600 pages but costs over £100. If you have purchased volumes 3, 4 and 5 you should swallow hard and acquire this penultimate volume. I understand that Peter Sell wrote volume 1 before he died but a good deal of editing is required before it can be published This may prove a problem. This is an amazing series of volumes and provides the only full description of every species and sub-species of vascular plant found wild in Great Britain and Ireland. Sooner or later serious botanists will need to consult these books.
The other expensive book is Atlas of British and Irish Bryophytes. There are over 1000 pages in two volumes and accompanied by a CD. It is a magnificent work in colour with detailed introductory chapters on distribution, environment and changes in distribution whilst the main part of the book consists of hectad distribution maps for most species accompanied by a full text. Lancashire is a bryophyte rich county and the new Atlas enables Wigginton’s work on North Lancashire bryophytes to be put in a wider context.
The third book is much more affordable and particularly valuable for Lancashire botanists. For many years there was no single volume available for the identification for Hawkweeds until Sell and Murrell published volume 4 of the Flora of Great Britain and Ireland. This volume provides keys to, and full descriptions of all 412 species found in Great Britain and Ireland leaving plenty of room for getting lost. Lancashire has about 50 species. A book that enables Lancashire botanists to have a reasonable chance of naming a hawkweed was very much needed. Yorkshire Hawkweeds by Vincent Jones covers more species than occur in Lancashire but I think covers most if not all that are found in the county. The book is in full colour and provides detailed explanations, with illustrations, of all the terms used and provides keys and full descriptions of every species. A particular feature of the book is the beautiful illustrations of whole and parts of plants. The tetrad distribution maps, which include those parts of vice-counties formerly in Yorkshire but now in Lancashire, are not so clear but are nevertheless usable. This is a must buy for all serious Lancashire botanists.
(Note the prices quoted are the recommended retail prices)
Blockeel, T.L., Bosanquet, S.D.S., Hill, M.O. and Preston, C.D. (2014). Atlas of British & Irish Bryophytes. Pisces publications. Newbury. 2 volumes. ISBN978-1-874357-61-2 and 978-1-874357-62-9. Price £75.
Jones, V. (2014). Yorkshire Hawkweeds. Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union. Leeds. ISBN 978-0-9565378-2-9. Price £25.
Sell, P. and Murrell, G. (2014). Flora of Great Britain and Ireland. Volume 2. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-55336-0. Price £125. (Note the other volumes published in this series are priced at £169.99 each)