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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007236859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007236855
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Sterry is a biologist, author and photographer whose interest in natural history spans more than 50 years. He has travelled widely, pursuing his interest in the natural world, gathering photographic material for his books, and taking stock images for his photo library, Nature Photographers Ltd (http://www.naturephotographers.co.uk). Recently, Paul's interests have centred on British wildlife and its conservation. He has written more than 50 books on British wildlife, including numerous field guides. Almost all the titles are largely illustrated by images from the archive of Nature Photographers Ltd. Among Paul's most proud achievements are books in the critically acclaimed 'Collins Complete' series of field guides; recent titles on Coastal Wildlife, and Mushrooms and Toadstools, have set new standards in terms of image quality and the role that photography has to play in the identification of plants and animals.

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Paul Sterry is author of Complete British Wildlife, which has sold over half a million copies, as well as numerous other titles in the successful Collins Complete Photoguide series, including Complete British Birds and Complete British Wild Flowers. He owns the photo library Nature Photographers.


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140 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Colin Riddell on 10 April 2008
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This publication just oozes quality from the high definition colour photography to the research and layout. I have several reference books relating to British trees and this one stands tall above all the others. The number of quality colour photographs is staggering.

If you are seeking a complete reference this book does exactly what it says on the cover, if I could have given it six stars I would have.
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98 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A. Byrnes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 April 2009
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This is easily the best book on trees that I have found, and I've tried several. I am very much a tree novice. I maintain a blog that charts the weekly progress of the small woodland and ecological park next to my home. I've been doing well with birds, insects and flowers but have floundered hopelessly when trying to identify trees and shrubs. I have purchaed several books but they have all left me pretty much where I started - dazed and confused. This book is the one. It opened up the whole subject for me and I am now happily identifying and learning about my local trees and shrubs with great confidence.

As well as the pages which focus on idenifying and describing the different species (pages 68 - 312) the openeing chapters deal with a range of fascinating and related topics (pages 4 -68). I found these to be of considerable interest and help. Pf particular use were "Basic Tree Biology", "Identifying Trees", "The Ecology of Trees and Woodland", "Winter Twig", "Comparing leaves" and "Comparing bark".

The descriptive pages are invaluable and easy to use. The left hand page of each pair of pages shows leaves and fruit details and a textual description, whilst teh right hand page is a selection of photographs showing key diagnostic features. These are not the same for all trees, because one feature may be more distinctive on one than another. As well as detailed photographs of leaves and fruit other features highlighted are flowers, bark, general outline of the tree/shrub and sometimes insects and fungi that may be associated.

On pages 64-65 there is a "Places to Visit" list, with web addresses, listing natural woodlands and arboreta that the enthusiast might like to visit. There is a map on the page to show approximate locations.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Adrastea on 23 Jun 2010
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As a horticultural student I find this book amazing. There are clear photos and pictures of the leaves of each tree, there are winter twigs, leaf shapes and bark comparisons. There are photos of cones and seeds and then photos of the trees themselves.

This book covers a large range of indigenous tress including broadleaf and conifers and with some named cultivars mentioned too. I find it invaluable as an ID aid and would highly recommend it to any student needing to be able to learn about and recognise trees in the UK, compared to a lot of tree books that don't contain half as much detail or only have drawn pictures. It also quite comapct and can be taken out in the field to use.
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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By J. Campbell on 25 April 2008
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This book is fascinating for any tree enthusiast.
It is the perfect tool you can use to identify different tree types.
The writing style is concise and in-depth.
A sheer masterpiece.
Picture quality is high definition. Images are portrayed in vivid detail.
This book is fantastic.
If you are even slightly interested in trees or want to expand your knowledge of trees buy this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By messageinthemoon on 12 Oct 2011
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Being a bit of a weekend rambler I have always yearned to be able to identify the trees I see as I go on my walks. Eventually I decided to do something about it. However, after struggling with two field guides from well known book companies and having limited success in trying to identify trees I was becoming rather disconsolate with my efforts and thought I would never get to be any good at it, largely because the real trees I saw didn't seem to match the illustrations in the books.
However, while browsing on this site one day I saw mention of 'The Collins Complete Guide to British Trees' and its rave reviews, so I bought it.
Wow...it has completely transformed my walks and my enjoyment of trees and over the course of this last summer I have broadened my knowledge and abilities to a degree I would never have imagined possible! I now wander through our local farmland and ancient forest reciting the names (and varieties!) of the trees just as I see them. I greet familiar 'sessile oaks' and 'buckeyes' like old friends as I pass them in the car and I have a favourite 'beech' which once sheltered me in a downpour. I smile fondly when I recall identifying my first 'spindlewood' tree, and I remember my excitement when I first encountered the 'wild service tree'.
If you have an interest in identifying trees but, like me you have struggled, I strongly suggest you buy this book. The layout is simple, English names are used, and the pictures really do resemble the trees and leaves as you see them out in the wild. You will be learning and identifying in no time!
This book has given me a wonderful new hobby and transformed my understanding of the countryside I see around me. Fabulous!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By JJ VINE VOICE on 1 Feb 2009
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This is a handy little book that tells you all you need to know about trees and things related to trees.
If you have ever wondered what that tree was at the bottom of the garden or what those strange growths are in the branches or what the tree looks like that that gives us that glorious tulip wood carving, then this is a good place to find the answer.
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