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Retaining Nature's Little Secrets

Retaining Nature's Little Secrets

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Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are popular with visitors for their beaches, sailing and diving sites, but behind the strapline ‘Nature’s Little Secrets’ there is much more to the natural world of these islands to be appreciated, explored and valued.

This guide details 53 of the BVI’s most important plants, including 35 native species that are either globally threatened with extinction or otherwise unique to the region. All plants are fully described and illustrated to aid field identification. Nonnative invasive species are a serious threat to the BVI’s natural diversity and 18 of the worst invasive plants are described and illustrated. Also highlighted are BVI’s 18 Tropical Important Plant Areas (TIPAs), those places that are globally significant in terms of the plants that are found there, in the hope that it leads to these places being valued and conserved for future generations.

This authoritative guide is the result of many years of collaborative field work and has been compiled by the BVI National TIPAs team and edited by Thomas Heller.