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Wednesday, June 13, 2012


This new bryophyte flora of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (SW. England) has been published online at: by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders (CISFBR). Open it by clicking on the Bryophytes tab.
            The flora is based on 48,532 tetrad records collected mainly by the author from 1993-2010. Comparisons are also made with 33,943 records made or assembled by Mrs Jean Paton from 1950-1992. The text consists of:
            Introduction (covering Scope and aims of the study, Coverage and treatment of old records, Recording since 1993, and Presentation of data).
            Notes on Species (covering Introduction and abbreviations, Hornworts, Liverworts and Mosses). The species accounts list the first records for each vice-county and comment on habitats, ecology and production of sporophytes. 625 maps show distribution by three date classes. Over 600 photos illustrate the majority of species.
            Two analytical chapters then examine Coastal influences on bryophyte distribution and Analysis of changes in bryophyte distribution.
            Finally, there is an extensive Bibliography. A PDF of the full text can be downloaded.
The CISFBR website also hosts the Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 2nd edition, 2009. This provides accounts of the threatened bryophytes of the same region and their conservation.

Dr David T. Holyoak Quinta da Cachopa Barcoila 6100-014 Cabeçudo Portugal

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