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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 08.2 December 1996

Stoneworts – Connoisseurs of Clean Water

By - N F Stewart

Stoneworts, or charophytes as they are frequently known, have an unusual place in British botany. Although they are algae, their complex structure and superficial resemblance to some aquatic plants mean that they have frequently been studied by botanists, who normally restrict their study to higher plants. Indeed, they are included within the remit of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, which has published an identification guide for the group (Moore 1986).

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

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"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