Autumn Flowers, ferns and fungi bundle
By September and October many of the earlier plants have finished. But there’s still plenty to see. Plus after the first heavy rains, the woodland floor comes alive with the colourful fruiting bodies of fungi. We’ve chosen 4 FSC plant guides featuring over 100 flowers, ferns and fungi for you to spot this autumn.
FSC Wayside flowers
Are you looking for a fast guide to wild flowers? FSC Flowers of walks and waysides fold-out guide features 42 common wild flowers of Britain and Ireland. Grassy tracks, quiet lanes, hedgerows, playing fields and canal towpaths are a great place to look. Often these walks and waysides are a haven for wildlife, supporting an amazing diversity of flowering plants. A special extra feature is a guide to the pollinators of each of the wild flowers.
FSC Fungi name trail
For most of the year fungi are hidden in the soil and dead wood. But in autumn, especially after rain, fungi produce fruiting bodies: mushrooms and toadstools. The FSC Fungi name trail is a guide to the more easily recognised mushrooms and toadstools found in gardens, grassy places and woodlands. Use the simple flowchart based on shape and colour to move quickly to the illustrations for each fungus. Please note that this is a beginners’ guide, and is not suitable for the identification of edible fungi.
From hart’s tongue to hard fern, from oak fern to wall-rue, the FSC Ferns guide features the commonest 38 species of ferns found in Britain and Ireland. Text on the reverse side includes a straightforward identification key, accompanied by a precise glossary of the technical terms. A visual guide to frond architecture and line drawings of key features are also included. Frond structure and shape are key to fern identification. In some species, the spore-bearing structures on the underside of the fronds are further useful clues.
FSC Non-native invasive plants
The FSC Non-native invasive plants guide features 31 species of land plants covered by legislation in the UK and Republic of Ireland. These are plants that are causing problems and impacting on local biodiversity due to their aggressive growth. Over 1000 non-native plants are established in the wild in Britain and Ireland. Only 8%, around 100, of non-natives are invasive. These plants include Japanese Knotweed, American Skunk-cabbage, Variegated Yellow Archangel, Yellow Azalea, Pirri-pirri-bur, Perfoliate Alexanders and several species of Cotoneaster.