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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 08.1 October 1996

The Native Black Poplar: A Species in the Ghetto?

By - Richard Mabey

On late afternoons in March, especially when there is a patchy sun glinting from the west, parts of the Vale of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire are suffused with an orange glow. All over the floodplain, by dykes and lanes and thin streams, rows of gnarled pollards, many with a decided slant to their trunks, seem to have been coated in amber. Closer to, the sprays of twigs seem kaleidoscopic. They have ochre bark, ginger-shellaced buds, and the germs of what will soon be voluptuous crimson male catkins.

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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