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Books

A number of books have been published by members of the Society (prices quoted may change, and should be treated as guide-prices only):

The Flora of Lanarkshire by the late Peter Macpherson is now available at £38.50; order on-line at Nature Bureau bookshop or Members may order from GNHS

This is the first comprehensive flora of this Scottish county; the author was official plant recorder for Lanarkshire for over 35 years. This Flora represents decades of meticulous research and field work and contains historical and current records of plants growing in wild situations across a very diverse areay.

Extending south from the west of Glasgow to the source of the River Clyde, the area includes upland regions, heaths, rivers, woodlands, lochs and urban areas including much of the greater Glasgow conurbation. Over 2,000 taxa, including native and alien species, specific to different habitats are described in addition to detailed analysis of sites of particular botanical interest.

The Amphibians and Reptiles of Scotland by Chris McInerny and Pete Minting. Published by GNHS; download it free here (zipped PDF, 130Mb)

The book is also available in print form; email Pete Minting to register your interest in a printed copy.

The Flora of Renfrewshire (Keith Watson) is still available. This long-awaited book will be an essential reference book for ecologists, naturalists, land managers and students, and a valuable resource for anyone interested in the local environment and its conservation. It is the first full flora of the old County of Renfrewshire (modern-day Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and SW Glasgow), and marks the culmination of over 50 years of field recording by local botanists and over 18 years of fieldwork and in-depth research of historical records by the author.

John Scouler, Scottish Naturalist: a life in two voyages by Charles Nelson is now published as the 2013 issue of The Glasgow Naturalist. It is available at £11.50 plus P&P.

John Scouler has been overshadowed as a plant collector and general natural historian by the reputation of David Douglas, the best known 19th century Scottish botanist. Scouler was one of the first naturalists to visit the Galapagos islands (1825, several years before Darwin) during a voyage to the Pacific northwest of America, in the company of Douglas. With the aid of funding from the Blodwen Lloyd Binns bequest, Charles Nelson has studied Scouler’s original notebooks and research papers and has written a fully illustrated book on his life and contributions to science. This research was suggested by Blodwen Lloyd Binns herself.

An Annotated Checklist of the Larger Moths of Stirlingshire, West Perthshire and Dunbartonshire This extensively annotated checklist written by John Knowler is 143 pages long and contains four colour plates. It has been published by the Society and can be obtained from John Knowler at 3 Balfleurs Street, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 8HW for £6.50 plus £3.00 P&P. Cheques should be made payable to Glasgow Natural History Society.

Flowers of Iona by Jean M Millar; NEW edition 2006
This is the only guide to the botanical richness of the famous and sacred Hebridean island of Iona. In this third edition, the list of flowering plants is brought up to 335, along with rushes, grasses and ferns and an informative guide to the local habitats. Botanical, Gaelic and common names are included.
The late Jean Millar was a botanist and artist, active in the Glasgow Natural History Society and a regular visitor over many years to Iona, where she had family links.
The book has eight fine, full-colour illustrations by the author, showing flowers from Heath, Bog-land, Machair, Rock-face, Shoreline and Springtime plus individual plates of Yellow Iris and Bluebell. These plates are also available as cards.

48pp, A5 paperback, retail price £4.95
ISBN 0-9538938-3-9

Cards: one-sided, A5, pack of 8 different designs £4.00.
Published by The New Iona Press and available by mail order from E.Mairi MacArthur,The Bungalow, Ardival, Strathpeffer IV14 9DS. (tel/fax: 01997-421186; mairimacarthur@yahoo.co.uk)

A Garden of Herbs, Traditional uses of herbs in Scotland by the late Agnes Walker is published by Argyll. It is available from bookshops, priced up to £12.99. It considers the medical evidence for the therapeutic traditions associated with some herbs; culinary, aromatic and cosmetic uses are also noted, together with applications such as the dyeing of natural fibres.

The Changing Flora of Glasgow is the first comprehensive Flora of the Glasgow area since JR Lee's 1933 Flora Of The Clyde Area, and is available from bookshops, priced up to £60.00 (£14.00 to members of GNHS - contact us). The main authors, Professor Jim Dickson, Keith Watson and Dr Peter Macpherson are all experienced botanists and members of GNHS (Peter Macpherson sinced sadly deceased). Photographs are by Norman Tait, an experienced photographer, who is also a member of the Society. It is published by Edinburgh University Press.

Plants and People in Ancient Scotland by CA Dickson and JH Dickson is published by Tempus Publishing, price £25.00.

Loch Lomondside by John Mitchell describes the topography and economic development of Loch Lomondside, including forestry, agriculture, water storage and supply, but above all its natural history, and the long struggle for the area's wild places. It is published as one of the "New Naturalist" series by HarperCollins, price £13.45 (e-book)