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Wildflower Meadows [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Margaret Pilkington
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21 Jun 2012
This book is a celebration of meadows and their wildflowers. Once common-place and familiar to all, not many now remain and their typical flowers are rapidly becoming a folk memory. Stylised meadow flowers, evoking a by-gone era of rural idyll and permanent summer sunshine, are used to sell everything from tea-towels to china plates and cups. Here we reveal their true beauty with close-up photography of flower detail and more distant shots setting them in their meadow context. The 1800s are sometimes referred to as the Golden Age of Farming, but social history reveals a different story. Life was hard for the farm labourers and the picturesque cottages they lived in had leaking roofs, but nature and wildflowers thrived. The meadows and the wildflowers described in this book are survivors from this golden age: a time when there was a meadow full of wildflowers and butterflies down every lane.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Papadakis; First edition (21 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906506264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906506261
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 24.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Britain has lost some 97% of its wildflower meadows in the last 80 years, since major changes in farming practices became widespread. Those that remain are some of the most biodiverse and species rich habitats in the UK. Wildlflower meadows are permanent grasslands (not based on chalk) that traditionally were cut for hay before being grazed by livestock. This fine book covers the history of the wildflower meadow, and the decline after mechanisation. In the 19th Century, before internal combustion and oil, much of the British economy was hay driven, and some 4.5 million tons were produced each year. Now, with mechanisation, fertiliser, insecticide and industrial farming, we are forced to legislate to protect the few remaining wildflower meadows. The book includes a guide to many of the grasses, flowers, orchids, butterflies, caterpillars and insects. Top book - We really like this book, and recommend it to anyone interested in the UKs wildlife. Will suit - Non hay fever sufferers. --WildlifeExtra.com

The quality of the text and the extraordinary photography by John Pilkington make these sections as compelling to the amateur naturalist as to the professional… A timely book and an utterly captivating one. --The Lady Magazine, 2012

About the Author

Dr. Margaret Pilkington is an Emeritus Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Community Engagement, University of Sussex. Her interest in meadows grew out of using the local countryside as a laboratory for teaching science and gained particular impetus with the publication of the National Vegetation Classification system in the 1990s. Dr. John Pilkington has a Ph.D. in Zoology from London University, and lectured in the Dept of Zoology at Otago University, NZ.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 3 Nov 2012
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This book is worth buying just for the photographs of meadow plants, flowers and insects. However the text is also full of fascinating insights to what a meadow actually is and has been over the centuries. Also a useful introduction to the classification system for meadows. Anyone interested in wild flowers would enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars flowers everywhere 18 Mar 2014
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Very impressed with the colour plates, good descriptive detail of each flower. Also lovely photos of insects and butterflies.For anyone with an interest in native plants especially downland meadow its a good source of reference . Index helpful as colloquial names are used as well as Latin. A lovely book to own not necessarily good to carry around as a reference guide due to its size
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5.0 out of 5 stars Local interest. 20 May 2013
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A very beautiful book that will delight anybody with an interest in wildflowers , the photographs are well taken and the text is full of interesting information.I was also very pleased to find that it included numerous photographs of Eades meadow that is managed by Worcestershire wildlife trust and a place that I visit on a regular basis through out the summer months.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 Aug 2014
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A wonderful book, meticulously researched and beautifully photographed.
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