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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 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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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2001
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2001
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2006
This is an excellent guide and well worth the price for the illustrations alone ! As an experienced habitat surveyor it's always in my rucksack when I'm out in the field. Only slight criticism is that if you're not sure exactly what plant variety you're looking for it isn't always easy to indentify.
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on 5 September 2009
This is a book I have wanted for a long time. The illustrations are excellent and the grouping of plants make it easy to use. It is also a reasonable size to take on walks, unlike some so-called 'field guides'.
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on 16 November 2012
Beautiful illustrations, excellent text a good solid foundation to wildflower identification.
Ideal as a practical book or as reference during studies etc.
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on 31 July 2014
an excellent book quickly delivered
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