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British Trees: A photographic guide to every common species (Collins Complete Guide) [Paperback]

Paul Sterry
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Book Description

7 April 2008 Collins Complete Guide

An essential guide to every species of tree found in the British Isles outside of arboretums

This easy-to-use guide covers the 360 species of tree that are found in Britain & Ireland. Each species is covered in detail with information on how to identify, whether from a leaf, twig, bark or whole tree, plus extra information on where the tree grows (including a map), how high they grow, what uses the tree is used for and its unique history.

Every species is also comprehensively illustrated with photographs of every useful feature – bark, leaf, seed, flower, twig and whole tree.

Sample identification section:
Silver Birch Betula pendula (Betulaceae) height to 26m
A slender, fast-growing deciduous tree with a narrow, tapering crown when young and growing vigorously. Older trees acquire a weeping habit, especially if growing in an open, uncrowded situation.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007236859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007236855
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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About the Author

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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137 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream publication - Sheer quality 10 April 2008
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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89 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one 21 April 2009
By A. Byrnes TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a handy little book 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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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real gem 25 April 2008
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing ID Book 23 Jun 2010
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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tree-mendous book! 8 Feb 2009
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After careful consideration I chose the Collins Complete Guide because the images were photographic rather than illustrated. A plus point not only for accurate identification but also as a reference when using the images for paintings, embroidery or similar creative projects. The book includes a section to assist with identification of winter trees.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great horticulture book 4 Feb 2009
I bought this for my partner as we have an open fire and go 'logging' quite often. It has been a real help in identifying the trees and is very in depth. Highly recommended
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins Complete Guide to British Trees 23 July 2009
By Dee Jay
This series of Collins Guides are the very best that I have ever come across for the price. The exceptional photographs and the necessary text are on facing pages just where you want it to be and can be quickly accessed. I have purchased the Wildlife, Insects and
Birds as well. All are excellent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars British Trees
Published 7 days ago by Ms Linda Louisa Dell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Quality
I purchased this for a friends Christmas present (it was requested). The book is well put together, covering a wide variety of trees. The pictures are of an excellent quality. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Sharpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book
I've been looking for an easy to understand book with photos and this is it! Very good. Great size to carry around too.
Published 19 days ago by bowmanwood
3.0 out of 5 stars I Cannot See The Wood for The Trees
It is my fault. The book is good but it has not given me the results I wanted - yet.
A basic way of identifying a tree is by looking at a leaf from each specimen. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars guide
Very useful, one of the better tree id books I've used, concise and helpful, has come in handy many timess
Published 2 months ago by B. Shpherd-ashby
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend!
Has more than trees in this book, covers allsorts, highly recommend to buy this book to be pleasantly surprised! Exceptional good quality!
Published 2 months ago by Bev
5.0 out of 5 stars love trees
i have gained a slight obsession with trees over the years and decided to purchase this book. i can reconise trees easily now from reading bits from the book and also helped me... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christina Collings
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive
A really good buy with clear photographs. The guide to identification is also very helpful. An ideal complement to any amateur naturalists as well as anyone interested in being... Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. E. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
This is a great guide to have with you out in the woods. I like the fact it not only shows leaves, but also the shape of the trees, how you find them, the bark and certain species... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pocket reference book
Bought for someone who loves walking and doesn't want a heavy tome to carry round. This fitted the bill perfectly, Collins is a famous name deservedly, and this little book does... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tricia
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