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Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe (Collins Pocket Guide) [Paperback]

Richard Fitter , Alastair Fitter , Marjorie Blamey
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Book Description

1996

A leader in the field for almost 20 years, this guide provides comprehensive coverage of the trees, shrubs and flowering plants growing wild in the British Isles and in Europe from the Alps up to the Arctic, including Iceland. Over 1430 species are illustrated and over 1950 described, in systematic order, from trees to orchids and waterweeds.

Beautiful colour paintings are complemented by text which stresses the points most useful for quick identification. There are notes on ecology, lists of characteristic plants, a glossary, and indexes of scientific names. The keys are illustrated in colour, with the main key designed specially for beginners. Eight special keys allow identification of more difficult groups of plants.



Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 5th edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002200627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002200622
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 11.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

‘One of the best botanical field guides.’ Countryside

‘Winner by a couple of lengths.’ BBC Wildlife

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COMPREHENSIVE
EASY TO USE • HIGHLY ILLUSTRATED

A leader in the field for almost 20 years, this guide provides comprehensive coverage of the trees, shrubs and flowering plants growing wild in the British Isles and in Europe from the Alps up to the Arctic, including Iceland. Over 1430 species are illustrated and over 1950 described, in systematic order, from trees to orchids and waterweeds.

Beautiful colour paintings are complemented by text which stresses the points most useful for quick identification. There are notes on ecology, lists of characteristic plants, a glossary, and indexes of scientific names. The keys are illustrated in colour, with the main key designed specially for beginners. Eight special keys allow identification of more difficult groups of plants.

‘One of the best botanical field guides.’
COUNTRYSIDE


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide for all levels, easy to use. 27 April 2000
I have had this book for years and used it for A level and degree level study, it continues to be a essential companion on walks and holidays. The pictorial keys are easy to use and the pictures are a delight in themselves as well as making identification easy. The text is helpful and botanical terms are explained in an appendix. It is of compact size making it comfortable to carry on outings. Elizabeth Forbes
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This book is beautifully illustrated and packed with interesting information about the plants. However, it is not easily used as a guide to identification unless you have an idea of what the plant might be to start with. The incorporation of a step- by-step identification key (along the lines of that used in Peter D Moore's "Wild Flowers" (Mitchell Beazley, 1980) would add significantly to its usefulness in this regard.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide 2 Jun 2004
Since its publication in paperback in 1974 I have used this as my standard reference book when my family and I have been out on walks here in the Lake District. I find it invaluable and once you start to use the keys and methods to name that unknown flower, which you have just probably stood on!, then it becomes obvious that this book is essential to furthering your study and enjoyment.The comprehensive aspect is an essential feature and this work done by Richard and Alastair Fitter in the 70s still remains a classic book; the illustrations by Marjorie Blamey are a delight to see and use. I got a second hand copy here on Amazon the other day for a few pounds and now I have one for home and one for out in the woods,fells and fields. Try it and see.
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Comprehensive, but doesn't always lead one to a positive identification, and quite a number of species are dealt with as just footnotes to other species, and not illustrated.
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