Ferns & Horsetails



Ferns and horsetails evolved before flowering plants so have a very long lineage. They reproduce by releasing spores rather than seeds. More books on ferns include horsetails as these are closely related.

Leicestershire and Rutland Resources

NatureSpot video: Ferns for Fanatics

Useful Websites and Publications


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Key to Common Ferns - very useful, and affordable, guide from the Field Studies Council.

The Fern Guide: A Field Guide - another excellent FSC publication, this part of the AidGap series.

If you know of other websites or books that you would recommend, do let us know: info@naturespot.co.uk

Recording Schemes

As with all records, any submissions you make to NatureSpot will be automatically forwarded to both local and national recording schemes.

Visit our County Recorders page to find out who is the CR in VC55 (Leicestershire and Rutland).