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How to Identify - Trees (Collins how to identify guides) Paperback – 5 May 1998


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (5 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002200678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002200677
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 15.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Organised by leaf-type, 'How to Identify Trees' features original illustrations of trees commonly found in parks, gardens and woodland, and is designed to help even those with the most rudimentary knowledge identify different species with confidence.

• Habitat and uses of the tree are described and illustrated
• Tree outlines in summer and winter measurements
• Cultivars, related and confusable species are shown; additional illustrations indicate how they differ from the main species
• Calendar bar shows the months the tree is in leaf flower and fruit
• Main illustration provides close-up view of leaves, flowers and fruit
• Key features of the main species are described in detail

About the Author

After gaining his doctorate by growing grass on coal tips, Patrick Harding enjoyed over 25 years as a university lecturer. He now runs numerous courses and works with the BBC on programmes about herbal medicine, wild flowers, mushrooms, and trees. Patrick is the author of ‘Gem Mushrooms’ and ‘How to ID Edible Mushrooms’, and has had years of experience, lecturing and leading groups on fungal forays. He was recently filmed with Richard and Judy for a BBC 2 series.


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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Andy Dingley on 3 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a guide to take out for a walk with the kids, then this is a good choice. If you're looking to buy a woodland, then you'll be disappointed.
The guide identifies most common UK species of tree, but doesn't go into huge detail on the subtleties of exotics and sub-species. This may or may not be a problem for you.
The style is of cute watercolour illustrations for each species; their overall appearance and leaves, together with a good listing of similar and potentially confusing species. I wasn't over-keen on the use of illustrations as a species guide, rather than photographs. They work quite well for the leaf close-ups, but the overall outlines are much less clear. This makes the guide hard to use for identifying silhouettes on adjoining hillsides.
It's a good enough guide for starters, but on the whole I'd suggest some of Collins' other field guides instead. I particularly liked, "Collins Wildlife Trust Guide: Trees of Britain and Europe", mainly because of its good photographs.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By nazir@member.riba.org on 20 Nov. 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a book to carry in your briefcase if you need to identify trees. Lots and lots of colour drawings and the information presented in a systematic way which make getting it wrong almost impossible. It is quite detailed and I cannot help wishing that they enlarged it and made it into a reference book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anniepan on 9 Oct. 2012
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A highly detailed book - makes brilliant reading! It's amazing what you don't know about trees in your own country!
Postal delivery rapid and efficient, as always.
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