A new publication describing nearly 1000 wild and naturalised species of flowers and ferns found in the Isles of Scilly is getting high praise from professional botanists and amateur enthusiasts throughout the country.
Since being published in April one expert remarked “I was very impressed with the amount of work that has gone into it - well done on another great work” whilst another said “absolutely fabulous - haven’t been able to put it down since it arrived”. Other comments include “a real delight - fantastic design, absorbing background details of the islands, and really interesting species notes - with very helpful photos for those who haven't really got a clue” and “a beautifully crafted book with excellent research”.
‘The New Flora of the Isles of Scilly’ is the culmination of many years of study by author Rosemary Parslow, with help from co-author Ian Bennallick and designed by Glynn Bennallick. The self-published Flora is a full colour, A4 hardback publication with 540 pages, and has been supported by ERCCIS, the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly hosted by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, based in Allet near Truro, the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders (CISFBR).
Author Rosemary Parslow says “we wanted to produce a book that is colourful, include lots of photos and distribution maps, plus information to interest not only the experts but beginners too. Due to the mostly mild and moist sub-tropical climate of the islands, some plants occur in the Isles of Scilly more abundantly than on the British mainland, or are found nowhere else in Britain.” Rosemary continues “this new account brings the record up to date since Lousley’s 1971 Flora, with sections on the geographical position of the Isles of Scilly; the early history of botanical recording; island habitat maps; descriptions of individual islands; alien plants; plant habitats; species accounts and maps; gazetteer of places; bibliography and useful references; and a list of recorders and contributors. We hope the book will stimulate more research and interest in the islands special flora, and help people enjoy and appreciate the wonderful floral displays they see when they walk around the coast or along the lanes of the islands”.
How to get your copy
‘The New Flora of the Isles of Scilly’ can be purchased by post. Please send your name and address and a cheque made payable to 'R. Parslow' for £58 (£50 plus £8 p&p) to Ian Bennallick, Lower Polmorla, St Wenn, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5PE.