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Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain & Europe (Collins Nature Guides) [Paperback]

Edmund Garnweidner
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers. (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0261674064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261674066
  • ASIN: B00857QD6K
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 941,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

This new full-colour photographic guide to over 400 species of mushroom and toadstool found in Britain and Europe arranges fungi by their shape for easy identification. Each species is illustrated with its own specially taken colour photograph. Individual descriptions include facts on colour, shape, smell, time of year the mushroom is seen and similar species. All the mushrooms that are edible or poisonous are clearly marked.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mushrooms and toadstools 18 Oct 2011
By tim
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yep its a nice book and i got it quick, pics were great and you can indet them easily and tell you it is safe to eat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars corporate censorship? 5 Sep 2011
Collins Nature Guide - Mushrooms and Toadstools of Britain and Europe

While this book has nice photographs and good information, I think it worth pointing out the omission of the common mushroom 'psilocybe semilanceata' or liberty cap. For those who don't know, this is a magic mushroom and if picked is essentially a class A drug. I can only assume it's been deliberately left out on 'moral' grounds.

Why effectively censor a scientific book in this manner? Disappointing. Let's hope future editions treat their readers like adults.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great spotters guide 9 Oct 2010
Very clearly set out fungi categories. Easy to find and clearly descriptive photographs. Fits a pocket while out walking.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DANGEROUS BOOK 23 Sep 2013
This book is dangerous. A small number of species are mis-labelled which will lead to confusion in identification and possible consequences if they are eaten. In addition the description for the blusher Amanita rubescens mentions that it is a good edible mushroom but omits to say that it must be par-boiled - the boiling water then discarded - before cooking. Failure to do may potentially cause haemolytic poisoning with symptoms similar to leukemia.

The photography and layout is excellent and user friendly though. Such a pity that these minor problems make the book a hazard for any new mushroom explorer. I advise on safety grounds that you do not buy this until it has been updated and revised.

Fred the Forager
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4.0 out of 5 stars Puns too easy 16 Nov 2009
Bought at same time as Collins' tree equivalent. Both helped plug a huge hole in my knowledge. Purchase based on already having, and liking, collins bird book. Good photos, good info, print a bit small for my elderly eyes but that's how it can be small enough to fit in your pocket.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nature 7 April 2014
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I love all nature, so this book added to my growing collection of reference books, I love the format of all the Collins nature books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks 10 Dec 2013
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As described, the book was as I would expect. Just read the description and you can't go wrong with this.
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