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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 30.3 February 2019

Moonshine, myth and magic: the strange world of the Moonwort

By - Peter Marren

Moonwort, a small fern found typically in old unimproved grasslands, has captured the imagination of many and inspired a rich folklore. Peter Marren explores why this small, seemingly insignificant plant was regarded as special by early botanists.

The first time I saw a Moonwort Botrychium lunaria it was high up in a gully on Ben Lawers. The second time was 3,500ft lower, in short turf by the seashore where the salmon-fishers dried their nets. Both were minuscule plants, barely an inch high. You need botanical knowledge to know it for what it is: not a seed plant but a tiny fern.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist