Ann Stafford has been interested in natural history all her life. Growing up in the English countryside, she learnt from her parents, and from books with colour pictures, to identify plants and animals. In 1965 she & her husband went to live in his native Guyana, part of the Amazon basin rainforest system. They frequently went into the interior, the ‘bush’, with its wonderful wildlife. In 1973 they moved to the Cayman Islands, where they have lived ever since. Ann learnt to identify many of Cayman’s indigenous and naturalized plants and has recorded butterflies & their larval food plants. She hopes to increase awareness of the inter-relationship between Cayman’s unique flora and fauna, the food chains and food webs. If the plants disappear, so will the creatures that are dependent upon them.
They’re our backyards, our neighbourhoods – grow Cayman plants, encourage Cayman wildlife!
BUTTERFLIES of the CAYMAN ISLANDS by R.R. Askew and P. A. van B. Stafford, 2008, published by Apollo Books.
Ann is the co-author of the book with visiting entomologist Dr. Askew. It is available for CI$24/US$30 at the National Trust for the Cayman Islands and local book stores.
Click here for Butterflies of the Cayman Islands
FLORA of the CAYMAN ISLANDS, 2nd. Edition by George R. Proctor, 2012, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The first edition was published in 1984.
Ann has an in-depth knowledge of Cayman’s plants, she learnt to identify them in the wild and from visiting botanist, Dr. Proctor. She contributed many of the colour images, both photos and scanned Virtual Herbarium images, for the book.
Click here for Flora of the Cayman Islands Kew Books
Click here for Flora of the Cayman Islands University of Chicago Press
Both the above books are available locally and both have plenty of colour pictures.
CaymANNature Cayman Nature Consultant and Tour Guide
Ann Stafford’s Gallery lots of photos of Cayman