The Best Books on Wildlife in Wales
General Interest Illustrated Guidebooks
Wonderful Wildflowers of Wales - Pat O'Reilly and Sue Parker
A set of introductory guides to the wildflowers of Wales. Highly readable, these books are the ideal way to learn more about the flora of Wales, to take home as a gift or a reminder of the unforgettable flowers that cannot be ignored on any spring or summer visit to Wales. More details...
Each book describes, with colour photographs, the species found in particular habitats:
Volume 1 - Woodlands and Waysides
Volume 2 - Seashores and Coastal Cliffs
Volume 3 - Mountains, Meadows and Moorlands
Volume 4 - Waterside and Wetland.
Wild Orchids in Wales - Sue Parker
A beautifully illustrated guide with more than 70 large colour photographs, including close-up photos and size guides, flowering season date strips, and a 'Dulux' colour chart index page to make species identification as straightforward as possible. "As someone with many years experience of photographing wild flowers in Wales I was impressed by the high quality of the photographs..."
- Extract from Review in Natur Cymru
Wild about the Wild - Iolo Williams
Nobody knows more about wildlife in Wales than our top natural history Broadcaster - Iolo Williams. In this lovely diary he takes us on a year-long journey through Wales (and to some further-flung destinations) and shares with us his observations from autumn, through winter, and into spring and glorious summer.
Published by Gomer Press
Wales, Where to Watch Birds - David Saunders and Jon Green
Although predominantly about birds, this book is so much more. It certainly tells us about the top destinations in Wales for birdwatching, and what we might expect, or be lucky enough, to see when we get there, but it contains details about the habitats, flora and fauna, history and archaeology of the various sites, too. For anybody interested in the wildlife of Wales and where to see it, this book is an essential companion.
Published by Christopher Helm
The Plantlife of Snowdonia - Edited by Peter Rhind and David Evans
Whether you are a specialist or an amateur botanist you will find this book a fascinating insight to the plantlife of one of the richest botanical areas in the world. With chapters on ferns, fungi, mosses and liverworts among others, each written by an expert in the field, this book is not only authoritative and informative but a thoroughly enjoyable read, too.
Published by Gomer Press
The Nature of Wales is a not-for-profit magazine published quarterly and offers great value – 48 pages full of top quality articles and illustrations. If you are interested in the wildlife of Wales, this magazine is the ideal publication to keep you thoroughly informed and up-to-date with what is going on. Subscribe to Natur Cymru ...
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Grasslands of Wales - D.P. Stevens, S.L.N. Smith, T.H. Blackstock, S.D.S. Bosanquet, J.P. Stevens
This book is the result of a survey of Lowland Species-rich Grasslands in Wales carried out between 1987 and 2004. It was prompted by the considerable shrinkage of such habitats resulting from the conversion of species-rich meadows and pastures in Wales to provide food and grazing for farm animals. The book provides an account of the survey's findings, and the subsequent protection measures undertaken to ensure the wellbeing of these precious habitats and the plants and animals that depend upon them for their survival. For those who want to understand why certain plants grow in particular places, this book can provide a lot of the answers.
Habitats of Wales - T.H. Blackstock, E.A. Howe, J.P. Stevens, C.R. Burrows, P.S. Jones
Each part of Wales has its its own distinctive landscape characteristics, from mountains, sand dunes, grasslands, heaths, mires, woodlands and open moorlands. This book provides detailed information on the habitats of Wales and how they came to be as they are today, outlining the important influences that control them and shape their vegetation. This is an important resource for those who want to dig deeper into the landscape and geography of one of the most beautiful parts of Britain. It is a companion volume to Grasslands of wales, described above.
The Mosses and Liverworts of Pembrokeshire - Sam Bosanquet
Although it is primarily a county record, the ecology of bryophyte species is covered in great depth in this interesting and readable book. There are accounts for all of the 534 bryophyte species recorded in Pembrokeshire, along with comparisons with adjacent counties, and with more distant, but ecologically similar counties in North Wales and Cornwall. For experienced briologists this is a comprehensive guide of what to look out for and where on a visit to this area of Wales, and for beginners, it is an excellent place to start learning about these fascinating plants. More details...
The Mosses and Liverworts of Carmarthenshire - Sam Bosanquet, Jonathan Graham and Graham Motley
In this first published bryophyte flora of Carmarthenshire, over 600 species, sub-species and varieties of mosses, liverworts and hornworts have been recorded from the various habitats found in the county. The distribution of each species is described, and there are maps, notes on ecology, fertility and comparisons between nearby counties of Wales and other parts of the UK.
Wales is rich in bryophyte flora, and for anybody interested in the subject, this book will prove to be an invaluable guide on any visit to enjoy the nature of Southwest Wales.
Fungi of Northwest Wales - Charles Aron
Wales is an excellent place to find fungi, and the Northwest is exceptionally rich in good fungi habitats, having extensive sand dune systems, various types of woodland, limestone grassland and heath, pasture, acid grassland and heath, bogs and fenland. This book is the result of 20 years of field and laboratory work and is the first comprehensive regional guide to the fungi of Wales.