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Wild Flowers of Britain: Over a Thousand Species By Photographic Identification (A Pan Original) [Paperback]

Roger Phillips , Sheila Grant , Tom Wellsted
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books (Sep 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033025183X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330251839
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 21.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Macmillan Reference Books Edition.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still going strong 10 May 2004
I've had a copy of this book since I was a young child. Back then I found it easy to use after walks in the country with my parents, to indentify all the flowers and plants that I saw. I don't recall ever seeing a plant in the wild that I could not identify using Roger's fantastic photography and descriptions. To this day, now that I am 29, I still find his book relevant. I still look through it from time to time, even when I haven't been out "into the sticks" just for mere pleasure. Excellent!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really nice and simple book for identification 29 April 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
On opening this for the first time I was initially disappointed. Basically it's just page after page of photographs of plants, most of which have been picked/uprooted and laid out for the camera. I wasn't sure how I'd go about identifying anything short of leafing through everything page by page until something looked "right".

As it turned out, it was surprisingly easy to use. I saw a couple of things I didn't recognise, took a picture and when I got home checked the book. The pictures are arranged by time of year - so, being early (April) I focussed on the April/May section and located likely candidates within a few moments. It also has references to other plants that look similar so you can check those to make sure you've got the right one. A real pleasure to use.

A couple of things to note though. First, some of the pictures are quite dark or the plant is small so detail is lacking. I think it would be tricky to use this for more "advanced" identification. Second, it's fairly big - about A4 size - so you can't really just slip it in your pocket when you go out. Finally, the text detail on the plant is very basic - just a few sentences.

Overall I'm really glad I got this though, it's quick and easy to use and doesn't feel academic or over-complicated. It's good for basic identification, but I think if something more detailed or comprehensive is needed you might want to consider another book, maybe "The Wild Flower Key" by Francis Rose.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first book that the budding wildflower enthusiast must have on their shelf! The photographic illustrations are brilliantly clear leaving little doubt upon identification.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-use book 16 May 2008
I am a complete dullard when it comes to any kind of plant and tree identification.

Often identification is not helped by the context in which the photogrpah is taken: sometimes times against a background of other unrelated foliage and often without any sense of scale.

I recently picked up my mother's copy of this book in order to identify a plant (greater burdock) that I had seen in a friend's garden. I was so impressed that I was positively able to identify it from this book that I have now ordered my own copy together with a Tree book by the same author.

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with even a passing interest in wild flowers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wild flowers of britain 22 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Had this book since it was first published in 1977.Never failed to identify anything using it.Super reference book in my opinion. Just ordered it for school use.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise! 9 Jun 2011
By Mini-me
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I chose this book after reading other people's recommendations and would also very happily recommend it to others.
Having actual photographs is VERY helpful compared to just coloured illustrations - I like the way the flowers are listed from January - December so you know roughly what to expect to see when you're out and about in any particular month.
Having the date when the particular photo of any given wild flower was taken was also useful.
It may be an old book (1977) but it is by no means old-fashioned and puts more modern guides to shame.
It is a big book (A4 size)so not so portable but has alot in it and certainly won't disappoint the keen amateur - i.e.me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite plant identification book 23 May 2011
By forager
This series of books are some of the best identification guides you will find. Good clear pictures and concise descriptions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 8 July 2010
By gecko99
The best flower guide I've seen. I use it all the time, the others just stay on the shelf until the odd time I find a flower I can't immediately identify using this book. The plants are laid out in order of when they 'appear' or flower - this makes using the book extremely easy to use. A definite 'must' for anyone interested in identifying the flowers they see while 'out and about'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wid Flowers of Britain
A splendid guide to our native wild flowers. Easy to use for identification, flowers are shown in real photographs & shown in the monthly order they grow in.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. S. Stubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful visual guide
Another guide by the excellent Roger Phillips who shares his love and interest in the plant world in a most accessable way.
Published 3 months ago by ms ingrid y chen
1.0 out of 5 stars Condition
I ordered this book for a friend's birthday. When it arrived I was horrified at the state of the copy. The cover was muddy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by annem
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource book.
You won't get a better wild flower identification key in my opinion. I teach 13 -18 yr olds and if they can use it easily , then anyone can. Read more
Published 6 months ago by hotpoint1
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Guide
Full of actual photos with a guide to the size of each of the flowers and tells you about them. It is brilliant.
Published 6 months ago by Duugz
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK AND GOOD SERVICE
This book has totally met my expectations - it is 30 years old and the seller was honest about it's condition. Read more
Published 9 months ago by CHRIS
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab Flower Guide
There is an abundance of wild flowers and flowering weeds in the hedgerows and fields at the moment and I often grab a small handful when I'm out walking the dog. Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Colley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, love it.
Wow, very nice informative well laid out book, in my opinion makes a good field guide and also a reference book that is easily to carry about, the book arrived and was in a VG... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Brian W. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Flower book
I love this second hand book! What makes it even better than all the photos to recognise the plants is the fact that the previous owner had pressed some flowers in it and written... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dawn Oldfield
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
roger Philips is the master of all things wild and edible this is a must for anyone interested in foraging or who has an interest in wild plants great pictures and explanations of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by c carter
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