British Plant Communities

Volume 5 , Maritime Communities and Vegetation of Open Habitats

British Plant Communities
  • Edited by J. S. Rodwell

    With contributions by C. D. Pigott

    With contributions by D. A. Ratcliffe

    With contributions by A. J. C. Malloch

    With contributions by H. J. B. Birks

    With contributions by M. C. F. Proctor

  • British Plant Communities (No. 5)

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

    Online Publication Date:September 2010

    Online ISBN:9780511541834

    Hardback ISBN:9780521391672

    Paperback ISBN:9780521644761

  • Book DOI:

    Subjects: Botanical Reference , Plant Sciences

British Plant Communities is the first systematic and comprehensive account of all natural, semi-natural and major artificial habitats in Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland), representing fifteen years of research by leading plant ecologists. The book breaks new ground in wedding the rigorous interest in the classification of plant communities that has characterized Continental phytosociology with the deep traditional concern in Great Britain to understand how vegetation works. The acclaimed series has become firmly established as a framework for a wide variety of teaching, research and management activities in ecology, conservation, and land-use planning.


"This series represents an outstanding achievement of descriptive plant ecology." M. J. Crawley, Trends in Ecology and Evolution

"The fruit of nearly a quarter century of effort, this series on British plant communities represents an exceptional and comprehensive compilation that will become a classic and vital reference for ecologists and botanists. It is a pleasure to see the publication of such a careful and valuable contribution and one that also sets a new standard for field ecological surveys." Plant Science Bulletin

"...this volume should prove interesting to anyone involved with plant community classification and conservation or the study of biological invasions. This is a well-referenced, accessible collection of information about British plant communities and the ecological factors thought to explain their abundance, distribution and dynamics. The editor's committment to detailed discussion of ecological factors relevant to plant community maintenance makes this reference text into a valuable sourcebook for future work in ecology."

'… the completion of the NVC has been well worth waiting for, and this is a significant culmination of a nationally important project. It has provided a common language and standard for ecologists which it is now impossible to do without. Every plant ecologist should have the set on his or her shelves.' Tim Rich, British Wildlife

'The British Plant Communities series, an essential addition to an ecologist's or plant conservationist's library, ought to set trends and standards worldwide for the study and management of vegetation … The vegetation team and their many collaborators are to be congratulated on realizing such a useful, readable publication.' Plant Talk

'The publication of this fifth and final volume … completes one of the most notable achievements in British ecology: the first comprehensive phytosociological classification of British vegetation.' P. Lusby, Edinburgh Journal of Botany

' … there is much in this book that will be of interest both to those who embrace and those who do not embrace the phytosociological approach towards vegetation.' Journal of Biogeography