Types of British Vegetation

Types of British Vegetation : By Members of the Central Committee for the Survey and Study of British Vegetation

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Distinguished plant ecologist A. G. Tansley (1871-1955) is widely considered to be the father of British ecology. He was one of the founding members of the British Ecological Society and during his career he edited two important journals on the subject: The New Phytologist and the Journal of Ecology. He was also part of a committee formed in 1904 to survey systematically the vegetation of the British Isles. This book, edited by Tansley and first published in 1911, is the result of that survey. It contains contributions by leading botanists of the early twentieth century, and contains detailed maps, photographs and figures. The physical characteristics and climate of Britain are outlined early in the book and later the plant communities of particular areas such as moors, fens and the coast are discussed. This is a significant work that will appeal to both plant ecologists and natural historians.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 41 b/w illus. 14 maps
  • 1139177303
  • 9781139177306

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction. The units of vegetation - their relationships and classification; Part I. The Conditions of Vegetation in the British Isles: 1. The physical characters and climate of the British Islands; 2. The soils of the British Islands; Part II. The Existing Vegetation of the British Isles: 1. The distribution of the chief forms of vegetation; 2. The plant-formation of clays and loams; 3. The vegetation of the coarser sands and sandstones; 4. The heath formation; 5. The plant-formation of the older siliceous soils; 6. The vegetation of calcareous soils; 7. Aquatic vegetation; 8. The marsh formation; 9. The vegetation of peat and peaty soils - moor, fen and heath; 10. The river valleys of East Norfolk: their aquatic and fen formations; 11. The moor formation - Lowland moors; 12. The Upland moors of the Pennine chain; 13. Arctic-Alpine vegetation; 14. The vegetation of the sea coast; Bibliography of papers on British vegetation; Index of plant names; General index.
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