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CISFBR has funds available for the publication of specialist works concerned with the wildlife of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, such as occasional or interim publications, annotated checklists, or other publications relevant to biological recording in Cornwall. CISFBR publications can be obtained from CISFBR & ERCCIS publications.

CISFBR Publications

A new and long-awaited book 'Ferns, Clubmosses, Quillworts and Horsetails of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly' written by Rosaline Murphy, Christopher Page, Rosemary Parslow and Ian Bennallick has just been published.

Within the British Isles, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have a remarkably rich and varied fern flora, and this book is the culmination of many years of study of these enigmatic plants by the authors. An invaluable guide to over 70 ferns, clubmosses, quillworts and horsetails, this book covers species (both native and introduced), subspecies, varieties and hybrids. Each account has a short description of the plant where relevant; the distribution in Europe (including the British Isles); and habitats and distribution in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Maps show distribution by a 2km x 2km square (tetrad) basis in Cornwall, and at a finer resolution (by six-figure grid references) in the Isles of Scilly. Scanned images of actual specimens are given where these help and colour photographs are included throughout. The introduction covers the various habitats in Cornwall, the climate, soils and geology and the effects of such activities as mining and china clay workings, and the special conditions on the Isles of Scilly.

  • Introduction with habitat notes
  • Accounts of sites of special fern interest
  • Species distributions of native and on-native species, hybrids and varieties
  • Distribution maps at 2km x 2km level (and six-figure grid references for the Isles of Scilly)
  • Checklist of all ferns, clubmosses, quillworts and horsetails of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • Full bibliography and references

Many interesting records have been made in the last few years and are continuing to be made. This includes the very recent 2012 finds on the edge of Bodmin Moor: populations of Marsh Clubmoss, a species that has always been extremely rare in Cornwall and is now Nationally Scarce and Endangered, together with Stag's-horn Clubmoss, a species previously considered extinct in the county. This book will no doubt spark new appreciation and interest in ferns and encourage more people to record this often overlooked group.

Published by the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS), which is based at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, it has been sponsored by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders (CISFBR), the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI) and the British Pteridological Society (BPS).

If you would like a copy by post please send your name and address and a cheque made payable to 'CISFBR' for 25 (20 plus 5 p&p) to Ian Bennallick, Lower Polmorla, St Wenn, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5PE. For more details email or phone 01726890384 or 07714738189.

The book is also available to buy from the ERCCIS office (based at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Five Acres, Allet, Truro, TR4 9DJ) priced at 20 - SEE ERCCIS WEBSITE

Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (2009).

Edited by Ian Bennallick, Sarah Board, Colin French, Paul Gainey, Catriona Neil, Rosemary Parslow, Adrian Spalding and Pamela Tompsett.

A new Red Data Book of rare and scarce wildlife of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. An important publication if you want to know the current state of wildlife in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Price: 18.50 plus 5 postage and packing (p and p) or 15.00 to CISFBR members plus 5 (p and p).

The species that are included in the Cornish Red Data Book are listed here: Click here

Alexander K.N.A. Dr (2008) The Land and Freshwater Bugs (Hemiptera) of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly .

A comprehensive checklist of the bugs (Hemiptera) of both Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, this publication lists all the key records up to 2007 to tetrad (2 km square) level. It also discusses species' status within Cornwall.

Price: 8.00 plus 2.00 (p and p).

An electronic copy (9 mb in size) is available here: Click to download

A Handbook for Biological Recorders

(2nd Edition 2006).

This is a comprehensive guide to biological recording with an emphasis on Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The publication is of value to all recorders and provides advice and guidance to recording all species groups.

It is used as a key text by Duchy College for their Certificate in Biological Recording course.

Price: 15.00 plus 4.00 (p and p). CISFBR members can purchase this publication for 12.00 and ERCCIS hold some seconds for 10.00; some of the illustrations are unclear, but all the information is present.


Keith N.A. Alexander

An electronic copy (2 mb in size) is available here: Click to download

Haes E.C.M. (2004) Orthopteroid Insects of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:

an updated provisional atlas.


This full colour publication updates the 1999 provisional atlas. The habitat, lifecycle and distribution sections for each species is included. There are also appendices on prime Cornish sites, four important historical papers from 1858 to 1912 are reproduced in their entirety, the use of bat detectors for recording orthoptera, and a full analysis of the 5,400 records on the Cornish database.

Price: 7.50 plus 2.00 (p and p).








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