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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780007236848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007236848
  • ASIN: 0007236840
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,441 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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'Packs in lots of well-chosen detail in compact form'
British Wildlife Magazine

'An ideal first flower guide'
Kew magazine

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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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful By E. Shaw on 15 July 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book having already owned the Collins Complete British Wildlife Photoguide and finding I needed something more comprehensive. I was not disappointed - the book is well laid out with clear photos and plants grouped together by family. There is also a glossary and brief but clear guides to leaves, fruits and seeds and an flower identification guide. Using photographs rather than drawings also helps with identification.

A very clear and easy-to-use guide that should be perfect for anyone like me who is not an expert in botany but wants a detailed guide that makes identification simple and easy.
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100 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Perky Duck on 22 Jun. 2010
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There are many ways you can identify a wild flower, for instance by colour; by size; by number of petals; by foliage; e t c. Unfortunately this guide uses none of these, instead it classifies using botanical species. Taking a scientific approach is fine if you are a botanist but pretty much useless if you are a beginner like me. Can you distinguish between the "Blinks to Gooosefoot families" and the "Willowherb and dogwood families" because, believe me , this guide expects you to!!!

Lets give you a specific example: You come across a bright yellow flower. You could try the buttercup family but you won't find it there. You won't know its name but even if you did (The Common Evening Primrose) the obvious place to look is the Primrose family. You won't find it there either. It is, in fact, in the Willowherb and Dogwood section and you will have had to plough through the previous 118 pages to find it.

OK, I have exaggerated a bit as you can narrow down your search by using the "short cuts to flower identity" pages. Try it. The 5 petal flower section helpfully identifies 20 families to sort through!

I found it difficult to review a book of this type. For a beginner I'd give it 1 out of 5. On a more positive note, it does claim to be a complete guide and has good photographs and short but informative narrative. If you are already knowledgeable or expert it is conceivable that you could rate it 5 out of 5.

Kew magazine may well describe this as "An ideal first flower guide" but this book is not suitable for a complete novice in wild flower identification.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Ashby on 25 Aug. 2010
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I have nothing to compare with but I have found this book has transformed my walks across the fields that I really hadn't noticed before. Excellent pictures and enough detail and explanation for me. I personally have realised that I am also interested in knowing know the herbal, medicinal qualities too..but that is another subject...this book is great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian G on 25 July 2013
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I'm a keen photographer and I purchased this book to help me identify the wild flowers I'd taken pictures of.

The book is very well written and nicely presented, with good images of each flower. It would have been nice to include a few more images of the flowers in various stages of growth, but I guess that would have made the guide more expensive.

Obviously, as I don't know the name of the flower I'm looking for in the guide, I find myself flitting from page to page quite a lot, visually searching for the flower I've taken a picture of. This can become tiresome, and it could lead you to miss an ID! I guess the book could have been organised in such a way to avoid this happening - by leaf type, flower size, colour etc.

However, I've used the guide on multiple occasions, and have managed to identify everything I've looked for so far. Therefore, I'd definitely recommend this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A.Ratcliffe on 30 Aug. 2010
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A nice well laid out guide to ' quite common' British Wildflowers. It's far from being exhaustive but what it does contain are the pretty common species of wild flowers that you're likely to come across on a ramble out somewhere in the countryside or your local area. Good colourful photographs with basic information concisely summed up. It's quite simple compared to some books I have had on the subject in the past which is a refreshing change to be honest. I guess wether your going to like this book or not depends on how deep you want go into identification and wether your trying to identify some of the rarer stuff. All in all, I like it.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Beer on 11 April 2008
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Im a student studying conservation biology. This books perfect, not to big and can easily be taken out in the field. Great photos and backed up by good descriptive texts and the occasional handy identification drawings of leaves and stems etc for those more difficult plants. This book wont be a dissapointment
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Doris B on 13 Aug. 2009
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I started looking at wild flowers on walks with our dog, and realised I didn't know the names of too many. I bought this book after reading reviews and it has been such a help. In fact, when I'm out for a walk, I'm always looking for new wild flowers, and they're so easy to find from the colour pictures and details in the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phil B on 19 July 2013
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This is one of the best identification guides on the market. It is not too bulky and can fit in a coat pocket
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