Papers – Volume 1

Volume 1

(as Thorne Moors Papers(, edited by Martin Limbert. Published 1987. Pp.[i]-iv,1-87; six figures.

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Introduction – Martin Limbert

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The Geology and Landscape Development of the Region around Thorne Moors – G.D. Gaunt

A cursory inspection of Thorne Moors and the surrounding area would suggest little in the way of geological history or landscape development. There appears merely to be a flat peat bog surrounded by an equally flat clay plain, relieved only in a few small locations by patches of sand or gravel. Detailed field studies can differentiate several distinct deposits, however, and by tracing features such as old river channel, the post glacial drainage development and other aspects of recent topographical evolution can be elucidated. Because some of the deposits and some of the drainage changes were induced by human agencies, this is one of those rare areas where old maps and literary sources can contribute to the explanation of outcrop patterns and the dating of certain features. As H. Franklin Parsons wtote over a century ago “here we may read the last page of the earth’s story, where geology merges into history, and may witness in progress changes which elsewhere we can only infer to having taken place.
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Some Notes on the Landscape History of Thorne Moors – Martin Limbert

Thorne Moors is defined and described briefly in the introductory section of this publication. On the one inch scale Hull sheet of the 1824 OS map the moorland covered c. 3,400ha including a “spur” to the horth-east, extending towards Adlingfleet. Casson in 1829 described the peat as being up to 6m thick. Today, peripheral reclamation, especially through warping, has reduced the area to c. 2,100ha including several reclaimed but unfarmed parts of the moor edges. The peat of the surviving moorland, now significantly reduced by exploitation, is nowhere deeper than c. 2.5m and is generally much shallower.
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A Provisional Bibliography of the Flora of Thorne Moors – Martin Limbert

This bibliography, comprising c.140 references, compiled from published references (and one thesis), has been gleaned from a range of relevant sources, but does not claim to approach completeness. It is simply a garner of information located, intended as a contribution to the preparation of fuller aspects of the flora of Thorne Moors. Despite the number of items presented, there will undoubtedly be many more concealed in books and journals not examioned, and probably in old newspapers and other localised periodicals.
All plants, including Thallophytes, are included.
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A Checklist of Thorne Moors Bryophytes – Colin Wall and Martin Limbert

The following list of Thorne Moors bryophytes includes all located records to the end of May 1986. The moorland cannot be regarded as a particularly well-worked locality, and this list, which inevitably is of a provisional nature, simply presents a catalogue of available records, together with a brief summary of known habitat preferences on the moors. A deeper, ecological survey is not yet practicable. The area, which extends into Lincolnshire (Crowle Moors) is defined elsewhere in this volume and nomenclature of species follow Corley and Hill.
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Mycological Records from Thorne Moors – Roger Taylor

Thorne Moors has attracted the attention of mycologists soince the 1870’s. Charles Crossland, George Massee and members of the British Mycological Society have all contributed to a knowledge of the Thorne Moors mycological flora. Nevertheless, it is clear that the moorland remains under-recorded, and further work will undoubtedly yield many more species. To give one example: a visit by Doncaster and Sheffield mycologists on 30th August 1986 yielded 70 species along one footpath, leading from the moor edge near Thorne Colliery to the Canals area, subsequent investigation showed that 20 of these had not previously been recorded on Thorne Moors.
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An Annotated List of Thorne Moors Lichens – Brian C. Eversham

This list of Thorne Moors lichens includes all records located to the end of February 1987. The site remains underworked; published records are sparse, and few lichenologists have visited the moors. Many records are the result of casual observations and collecting.., incidental to work on other taxonomical groups. Most parts of the moorland have been visited, although some of them only on a few occasions.
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Charophytes from Thorne Moors – Martin Limbert

The records of charophytes or stoneworts (Chlorophyte, Characeae) from Thorne Moors are relatively few, although at least six taxa have been noted during more than a century of recording. These are detailed below, taxanomic sequence and nomenclature following Moore.
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