British Wildlife 17.6 August 2006

Victorian pteridomania – Britain’s fern craze

'It seems cruelty so entire to destroy the habitat of any fern: yet, if the present rage continue, I see no hope of any known species being allowed to remain in its old haunts. The poor Ferns, like the wolves in olden time, have a price set upon their heads, and they in like manner will soon altogether disappear. We must have "Fern Laws", and preserve them like game.'

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