Nature Profiles

British Vascular Flora

The British flora lacks the spectacular diversity of regions of Australia, but nevertheless contains some interesting and attractive species. There is very little endemism, but Britain is the global centre of distribution for iconic species such as the Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta). The Scottish Highlands is the only true alpine area in Britain, and these mountains hold the only British populations of boreal species such as the Woolly Willow, Salix lanata. Climate change could threaten the long-term survivial of these plants in Britain.

Flora of the Dark Peak and Eastern Moors

The Dark Peak is dominated by gritstone moorland and acidic river valleys and woodlands, and hence has a very different flora from the limestone dales of the White Peak.