Fritillary 7

Contents Fritillary 7

A History of Recording Bog Mosses in Berkshire with selected Site Descriptions
A. Sanders
Summary

For a paper recently submitted for consideration to the Journal of Bryology, based on the author's dissertation for an MSc in Biological Recording from the University of Birmingham, he looked at the different methods of detecting change in species distribution over time in relation to bog mosses (Sphagnum spp.) in Vice County 22 (Berkshire). In this paper he gives a brief overview of the history of recording bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) in Berkshire and go on to describe some of the sites he has surveyed, the Sphagnum species to be found there and any changes that have taken place over the known recorded history.

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Environmental factors and the distribution of reptiles at Lye Valley, Oxford
S. Pickles
Summary

This paper reports on a study undertaken in the Lye Valley, Oxford, to understand some of the environmental variables which affect reptile populations and thus know better how to conserve them.

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Walking back in Time: Conservation in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, 1942-65, from the Diaries of Charles Elton
K. J. Kirby
Summary

The diaries of Charles Elton, a father of community ecology, give details of over 300 visits in the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire between 1940 and 1965 (excluding those made to Wytham Woods near Oxford that are reported separately). The entries illustrate the changes that took place in the countryside in the post-war period; the idiosyncrasies of protected site selection at that time; and some of the management challenges that had to be overcome. Though inevitably a partial record they provide insights relevant to modern conservation. Modern conservationists should ensure that at least the equivalent record is passed on to future generations.

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My years as County Recorder
H. J. Killick
Summary

The author describes some of the highlights of his tenure of the post of vice-county recorder of Oxfordshire.

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