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Wild Flowers (Collins Gem) [Paperback]

Martin Walters
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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Book Description

12 April 2012 Collins GEM

The ideal portable companion, the world-renowned Collins Gem series returns with a fresh new look and updated material.

This is the perfect pocket guide for nature enthusiasts keen to identify the wild flowers they might encounter on a walk along the coast or in the mountains, or a ramble through woodland, fields or wetlands.

Authoritative text, beautiful photographs and detailed illustrations show the parts of the flower, stem, leaf and fruit, including both common and scientific names of each wild flower.

Additionally, each entry features illustrations and description of appearance and colour, details on size, type of habitat, geographical range and flowering season, along with helpful information on herbal medicinal uses of each flower.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007178549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007178544
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 8.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A must for car and pocket. A great little book. Ideal for novice botanists to carry everywhere' -Amazon reader's review of previous edition.

About the Author

Martin Walters is a writer, editor and naturalist. He studied zoology at Oxford and has had a lifelong interest in botany, natural history and conservation.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good pocket book. 7 Sep 2009
Ideal book to put in the pocket when out walking. Easy to find description of flowers you are looking for. Does not contain identification of all plants you will find. Only a larger field guide could do this and so would be too big to put in the pocket. This book is fine for what it is designed for.
Delivered quickly and in good condition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gem for small and big children 30 May 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent well illustrated hand hold size
quick on spot info and easy id in garden or trips out
for both adults and children.
Well done Michael Chinery and Collins Gems.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book 26 May 2009
By C Hayle
After a wonderful spring walk in the Peak District I was stunned by the beautiful wild flowers, but had no clue as to their names. This book is a fantastic pocket-sized directory and an informative read. I also have the Bird and Butterfly books and would thoroughly recommend them for the novice.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great on paper, rubbish as an eBook 20 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Oh dear, oh dear, why are these types of guide just such rubbish as an eBook? I own and love most of the Collins Gem series of guides as paper books but why lug a knapsack paper books around when in theory you can have all of them ready for action in your SmartPhone, Tablet, etc. The answer is that every conversion I have seen so far of these guides is at best woeful to dire.

The attempts to link the key to the reference pages varies from barely acceptable to none existent. Cross references in detail pages have the paper book page numbers and no Hyperlinks. The searchable items section contains an index of items with paper book numbers and an apology that these numbers do not match the ebook use your readers search feature.

Such an attitude when the technology is perfectly capable of producing a reference ebook that is fully cross referenced and Hyperlinked, windows help files have been doing it for years.

These ebooks are simply not fit for purpose. Come on publishers, take a look a some of the excellent online reference guides and go back to the drawing board. A ebook reference guide should be quicker and easier to use than its paper equivalent not a shameful second best.

Also a warning. It appears that the reviews that appear here are for both paper and ebook versions so you need to bear this in mind when looking at reviews of anything that is not a straighforward read from cover to cover, i.e. fiction books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little book for a small price. 29 Jun 2012
I admit that I know a fair amount about our native wildflowers and their names but recently I have come across some that I hadn't got a clue about so I bought this excellent little pocket book which gives you great illustrations and also different facts about the plants/flowers themselves. It even tells you which plants can be used herbally and naturally enough, those plants which should be avoided like Belladonna berries and also Bryony berries which look sooooo tempting to eat but are in fact very toxic.

A great little field guide which fits nicely into a pocket and isn't too heavy. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little reference book 4 May 2010
By KarenB
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This covers the main species of wild flowers in our country with clear photographs and succinct but useful descriptions, including medicinal uses where applicable which adds interest.
It's small enough to put into a pocket when out walking. A highly recommended starter book on wild flowers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem 22 Nov 2009
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Great field reference that has yet to leave my wifes rucksack, clear and consise descriptions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great size to carry around 25 Oct 2013
By Ai-Lin
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's a lovely size to fit into ruck sack or pocket. Pictures are not bad. It's a little difficult to use as it categorises flowers into 'families' and being a complete beginner I find that quite a challenge.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Collins Gem guides - great as always
Great guide, cheap and cheerful. Clear images and lots of information.
Published 1 hour ago by Charlotte Woolley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value and liked by both girls
Bought for my amateur naturalist wife to stick in her pocket when out walking with her "Townie" mate who keeps asking "what's this, what's that ?". Read more
Published 5 days ago by manofsteel
3.0 out of 5 stars Better on paper
Bought for my Kindle but struggling a bit with black and white pictures and not finding it anywhere near as easy to navigate as using an old fashioned book.
Published 5 days ago by S. Herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful walking companion.
An excellent book, which was inexpensive. It is a useful book to have with you for quick reference when out and about walking.
Published 9 days ago by Dr. J. L. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Just right for a Tablet or Smart Phone.
Just right for a Tablet or Smart Phone.
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars would recommend if you love wild flowers
Very informative, would recommend if you love wild flowers.
Published 21 days ago by Julie Hedley
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
A potential interesting and useful app / book ruined by intrusive and unnecessary copyright text.
Published 1 month ago by Martin Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars condenced book of wild flowers.
a more condenced book to help me find the wild flowers whilst walking in my local country park. It contains a vast collection of clear pictures and detailed information about the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sharon bowler
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to use
Lovely pictures, easy to use.
Published 1 month ago by Marion A. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Good size to carry around
Good size to have in your pocket or bag etc. Not always easy to find the flower from the pictures.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. J. M. Baker
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