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Flora of the Mediterranean: With California, Chile, Australia & South Africa – An Illustrated GuideArtist/Author: Gardner, Christopher Martin, (Author), Baṣak Güner Gardner (Author)
The Mediterranean a land of blues skies, warm sunshine, rugged mountains and azure seas. Yet this familiar image conceals another Mediterranean a secret landscape populated by a dazzling variety of wild flowers and plants, from spectacular orchids and ancient olive trees to delicate snowdrops and hardy cacti.
Following on from their widely acclaimed Flora of the Silk Road, (see Stock ID 14067) Chris and Başak Gardner present a stunning selection of 600 of the finest wild flowers that grow in the Mediterranean regions of the world. Travelling across five continents Europe, North America, Africa, South America and Australia the authors reveal the rich botanical profusion that makes up the flora of the Mediterranean regions of the world. For each region, a succession of the most outstanding flowers is featured, from the spectacular and exotic to the beautiful yet familiar, with each plant presented in its natural habitat.
Beginning with the countries of the Mediterranean Basin, the reader is taken along the rugged Atlas Mountains, through Andalucía and Italy, to arrive at the amazing botanical richness of Greece, southern Anatolia and Jordan. In California and Chile the journey is through flowering deserts, snow-capped peaks and towering forests of redwood and monkey puzzle trees, beside a coast lapped by the Pacific Ocean. The ancient landscapes of Southern Australia provide a truly remarkable assemblage of astonishing flora, whilst the Western Cape of South Africa is home to an unimaginable diversity of flora. The accompanying text provides descriptions of the species, plant families and their distribution, as well as offering guidance to those wishing to photograph plants in the wild.
With 600 stunning colour photographs, and presenting a breadth of flora never before brought together in a single volume, the authors offer a unique window on the floral wonders of the Mediterranean world.
The Immortal YewArtist/Author: Hall, Tony
Yew trees are some of the oldest living organisms in Europe, with particular individuals thought to be over 2,000 years old. Often found growing in churchyards, the English yew or common yew (Taxus baccata) is surrounded in myth and mystery, and its influence can be found throughout history.
Author Tony Hall provides profiles on over 75 publicly accessible yews, with details on their appearance, location, folklore and history, all accompanied with photographs of these stunning individuals. Each tree has its own story to tell, from fragmented, sprawling trunks, ones you can sit inside of, and ancient individuals propped up.
Tony describes that many of the magnificent ancient yew trees alive today are situated in churchyards, but are thought to be pre-Christian, pre-dating the churches they sit beside. Being an evergreen tree, the yew was believed to be particularly sacred and long associated with rebirth, and as a result many of the churchyards where ancient yews grow were originally sites of Druid or Celtic worship. The link between churches and the yew became so established that when new churches were built, yew trees were planted next to them.
Yew trees support a huge biodiversity, from wildflowers, to insects and wild animals. Their future is at risk due to factors such as increasing age and climate change, and with this book Tony hopes to raise the profiles of these magnificent individuals, and promote their locations, for people to visit and invest in their continued longevity.
Economy and ecology of heathlands.Artist/Author: Diemont, W. Herbert et al,
Looks at the diversity and use of heathlands over the whole Atlantic area of Europe, from Portugal and Spain in the south to Norway in the north and from Germany in the east to Ireland in the west. This volume does show us both the diversity in use all over Europe combining this with the newest insights in ecology and the Natura 2000 status most of these heathlands now have. One of the central themes is how to cover the costs of maintenance of these heathlands. Is their future in new types of commons, or do other types of land ownership using the revenues of heathland ecosystem services give better opportunities. The editors combine a broad variance in knowledge of heathlands varying from all aspects of ecology, land use, as well as economy.
Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the AlgarveArtist/Author: Thorogood, Chris and Simon Hiscock.
This is the first comprehensive identification guide to the Mediterranean flora of the Algarve region of southern Portugal. Including the Cape St. Vincent Peninsula National Park, an area of immense botanical importance with numerous endemic and rare species. Receiving more than 7 million tourists per annum, the Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, this guide is the essential companion for wildlife tourists, and the first comprehensive easy-to-use identification guide to its wild flowers. Information is provided on where and when to see plants with information on their habitat and vegetation types. In addition rare and unusual plants of the region are highlighted, including orchids and parasitic plants. With over 1,000 species descriptions, the book is abundantly illustrated throughout with over 650 stunning colour photographs, 780 line drawings and distribution maps.
Trees and Forests: Wild Wonders of EuropeArtist/Author: Schnitzler, Annick.
For more than a year, 69 of Europe’s best nature photographers travelled to all corners of Europe’s 48 countries to unveil the incredibly rich and amazingly varied natural heritage of the continent. Together they have contributed to a collection of more than 200,000 images of nature, many of which were published in the book Wild Wonders of Europe. As a follow-up to this popular book, Wild: The Trees and Forests of Europe pays tribute to the multi-hued beauty of trees. From close-ups of minute arboreal details to panoramas of epic proportions, this book lays bare the immense diversity of Europe’s forests. Organized by climate, each chapter surveys a different habitat and the resident trees, moving from the temperate rainy forests of Turkey and Georgia, to the dry and sun-filled woodlands of the Mediterranean, to the frostbitten terrain of Alpine regions.
Flowers of CreteArtist/Author: Fielding, John and Nicholas Turland.
NOT AVAILABLE. This is a celebration of an exceptionally rich, yet threatened flora. The largest island in the Greek archipelago, Crete’s enchanting landscapes range from rugged mountains to desert-like areas, coastal plains and ancient olive groves. Its extraordinary geological and climatic history has resulted in great plant diversity, with prehistoric links to Europe, Asia and North Africa. United by their love for the island’s plants, the authors and editor have produced a sumptuous and authoritative book, covering over 800 species, lavishly illustrated in colour.
Collins tree guide: the most complete field guide to the trees of Britain and Europe.Artist/Author: Johnson, Owen.
The definitive, fully-illustrated guide to the trees of Britain and non-Mediterranean Europe. This brand-new field guide to the trees of northern Europe contains some of the finest original tree illustrations ever produced. The introduction contains illustrations of the main leaves, buds, and firs you are likely to find, and these provide the starting point for identification by leading you to a ‘key’ species. Within each tree family there is a list of key species and a guide to the most important features to look for when identifying a particular tree from that family. Then individual species are clearly described and a detailed illustration is given on the same page. Covering all the tree species found outside the major arboretums, from the olive tree to the eucalyptus, this is one of the most important tree guides to have appeared in the last 20 years. The illustrations are annotated with essential identification features, and the text highlights the most important things to look for to aid fast and accurate identification. There is also coverage of all the species native to Southern Europe. Also available in hardcover [stock id 28326].