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Britain's Orchids (Britain's Wildlife) [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

David Lang
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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21 Aug 2004 Britain's Wildlife

Featuring 60 superb color plates, this is an easy-to-use photographic identification guide to the 51 orchid species native to Britain and Ireland, including their various forms, and 9 species of uncertain provenance. The text includes key identification information, flowering and germination times, and differences between similar species and subspecies. Color distribution maps show where each species has been seen in the past 25 years, while the accompanying text indicates its current location.

  • A comprehensive photographic guide to the orchids of Britain and Ireland, covering the 51 species recorded, including all the varieties and subspecies, as well as 9 species of uncertain or doubtful provenance
  • Contains 60 stunning color plates that show the whole plant and close-up views of flower spikes and individual florets
  • Each species account covers the identification of the plant, highlighting potentially confusing species. Where appropriate, details are given of the hybrids recorded and a summary of the taxonomic status. The species accounts also include information on habitat requirements, pollination, and conservation. Color distribution maps and a summary of the flowering period(s) accompany the text for each species.
  • Additional illustrated sections cover orchid biology and ecology, protection, conservation, and hybrids
  • The innovative, easy-to-use format aims to help the orchid enthusiast, whether beginner or expert, to identify any species they encounter

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (21 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903657067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903657065
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The information included in the book is extremely well thought-out: flowering dates, conservation status, preferred habitats, etc., are clearly given--in both well-written introductory sections and then alongside each species--and are very useful indeed. From explaining what an orchid is to providing a bar chart which shows the flowering period of every orchid on one page, the author has done a great job in helping the novice get to grips with the whole subject of orchids right through to giving the more experienced botanist a thoroughly useable guide."--CharliesBirdBlog

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Pocket Guide 4 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Overall this book is very good, and is certainly very useful in the field. The only downside is that it seems that quite a few of the photo's are either the same or very similar to Lang's previous guide. Also some of the photo's are a bit poor and a bit fuzzy, i.e Creeping Lady's Tresses. But overall a good guide and good value for money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide to orchids I have found for Britain 23 Aug 2013
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Excellent illustrations and descriptions. I take this on all my walks looking for orchids now as it is easiluy portable and accessible
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Britains Wild Orchids 14 Mar 2013
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This item was delivered to me just a couple of hours ago but I was immediately impressed and that was with a quick flick through the pages.
The best book ever on Britain's Wild Orchids and an absolute must for photographers who like me who enjoy photographing wild flowers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful produced and clear 9 Jan 2013
By J. Curd
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I'm no botanist - I bought it for my wife - but this looks to me like an excellently produced hardback book of high quality following the classically clear layout expected of WILDGuides. A mine of easily assimilated information. If anything, it seems rather too good to take into the field. :) My wife likes it a lot, too.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
For several years now, WILDGuides have been setting the standard for small, handy field guides that focus mainly on the identification of neglected groups of wildlife. Their approach is characterised by portability, emphasis on visual utility (the use of computer enhanced photographs) and a significant contribution to conservation. The latter is achieved in two ways: firstly by getting these guides into the hands of the public at very competitive prices (WILDGuides is a non-profit publisher) and secondly by donating all profits to conservation organisations that work on the area or organisms treated by each guide.

This book is a comprehensive photographic guide to the wild orchids of Britain and Ireland, covering all subspecies and varieties of the 51 confirmed species, plus 9 of dubious provenance. Its 59 full colour photographic plates with facing text provide the best tool to identify all the region's orchids.

At the heart of the guide are the photographs, which depict each species of orchid in its natural habitats, as well as showing the flowers up close. The informative text deals primarily with identification characteristics and includes a handy section on similar species as well as information on habitat, pollination and conservation. Distribution is shown on a clear annotated map. The text itself is authoritative and makes for fascinating reading. One is struck, above all, by just how many species are of conservation concern.

Two nice features are the ten page "key" to orchid flowers at the beginning of the book, followed by a comparative bar chart indicating flowering periods.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars starting out on orchids 30 May 2011
By mick
this is what you need if like me it's the first time l have been looking for orchids and yes this is the book you need l now in a month have found 10 orchids and only one is not new to me....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Wildguide Series. 5 July 2014
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Another excellent guide on orchids, plenty of useful information, some good photographs,
These wildguide books are really a good buy at a reasonable price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it, despite a few flaws. 2 July 2014
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I'm not sure how much this will aid my ability to identify some of the orchids I find, but it is a joy to browse nevertheless.
A pity much of the nomenclature and some classifications changed after it was published. The serious student would be wise to spend a couple of hours on the Internet, updating the systematic names.
The photos are very good, the text is clear, and it seems pretty comprehensive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
no problems would recommend
Published 15 days ago by bartonman
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad we bought this excellent guide.
Has made our walks and outings much more interesting.We went to Crete with a guide and had a wonderful week in May looking at the wild flowers there. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine book
A staggering knowledgable book on this specialist subject i recommend it a serious work in all aspects , brilliantly illustrated .
Published 2 months ago by frankie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, very pretty & detailed guide for all levels
A brilliant book, I would highly recommend it to anyone, whether they be a botanist or an amateur. The pictures are very detailed, the description of each species is very thorough,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sally D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This book was bought for a Swiss friend who is an orchid fanatic. He was delighted to receive the gift of such an informative and detailed book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bebe Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
this book has everything that an amateur like me needs to get to know these amazing plants , a first class book.
Published 5 months ago by john clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine itroduction
This pocketable volume is a mine of information on Britain's orchids. Early sections deal with the definition of what an orchid is, their construction, reproduction and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by heilanman
5.0 out of 5 stars Orchids
Have been promising myself this for ages and it has not disappointed. The colour plates are brilliant and the text very informative. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2011 by G. Grant
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