Finding Historical Details

For this novel I needed trees, plants and birds. So I researched which ones are native to Shropshire where Bridgnorth Castle was built. Unfortunately, native species in a modern scientific study may only have been in a locale for 300 or 500 years. I needed ones which have been in the Severn valley at least 900 years.
Finding them is difficult because no accurate, scientific drawings or specimens exist from that era. The best I could do was find mention of a native species and then look back to see when it had first been sighted in the modern, scientific literature. I found several that were said to have been there without migration or interference. I found one that was said to have been there since ancient times. I took that as good enough.
Like any other writer, I can research and make an educated guess and hope that the detail will work in the story.

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About Alettas

Technical Writer interested in Children's Lit, Victorian Lit, Theology, Charity Work, and Health/Nutrition.
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