Delightful Book

The Wild Plants of Bere, Dursey & Whiddy

The Wild Plants of Bere, Dursey & Whiddy

This delightful book, The Wild Plants of Bere, Dursey, Whiddy and other Islands in Bantry Bay, published by Sherkin Island Marine Station in 2013, puts on record the variety of wild plants found in this part of Ireland famed for its dramatic scenery, mild climate and sub-tropical gardens. The book examines the history, geography, geology, vegetation and land use of this beautiful corner of Ireland, as well as giving an illustrated catalogue of its wild plants. Ellen Hutchins features strongly, as the first botanist to record the plants of Whiddy Island and produce a list from the Bantry Bay area. Ellen’s story is retold in the section on the History of Botanical Exploration. This book represents the first comprehensive plant listing for Whiddy Island since Ellen’s work in 1807 to 1811.