The Native Pinewoods of Scotland - H. M. [Henry Marshall] Steven & A. CarlisleEdinburgh & London: Oliver & Boyd, 1959, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little fraying at the head of the spine. Blanks a little tanned.
Contains: Black & white plates ; Maps; Tables; Appendices ;
From the cover: “The native pinewoods are one of the most important living historical monuments of Scotland. They are a unique survival of the native vegetation with their own distinctive flora and fauna. They are also important for current forestry practice as a reservoir of distinctive strains of Scots pine. This book discusses the native pinewoods from historical, ecological and forestry points of view.
The history of the native pinewoods from late glacial times to the present day is traced, with an outline from archaeological and historical sources showing the impact of man upon the forests of Scotland.
The ecology of the surviving native pine-woods is described in detail. Among the topics dealt with under this heading are: the relationship between the pinewoods and other woodland communities, the tree species and larger shrubs, the field layer communities, age structure, growth and stocking, pathogenic fungi and fauna. The problem of the natural regeneration of the pine is also discussed.
The forester will be particularly interested in the presentation of the results of a detailed investigation into the morphological variations of the pine in the native pinewoods. The different habit or crown types, the bark types, variations in buds, shoots and leaves including internal anatomy, and different cone types are described. This information is of importance to those seeking tree improvement by selective breeding, in this and in other countries.
The authors feel that the preservation of these native pinewoods is of such importance that they make a special plea for the co-operation of owners, both public and private, to this end.”