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4.0 out of 5 stars Vegetation explained, 7 May 2013
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J. Holden "Myxomage" (Cambridge) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Vegetation of Britain and Ireland (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 122) (Hardcover)
One of the first books on British vegetation that I read was the outstanding book by Sir Arthur Tansley, "Britain's Green Mantle" (2nd ed 1968, revised and updated by Michael Proctor. This in itself was an abridged version of Tansley's 1939 two-volume "British Isles and their Vegetation". Our vegetation has changed significantly during the ensuing years, not usually for the better, and while knowledge and understanding of our vegetation has increased as well, the information is not always readily accessible to the general reader. The present volume is therefore doubly welcome in bringing a much needed update to the subject, together with a useful list of references for further reading. However, when we consider that the recently published "New Naturalist" just on Woodlands was a hundred pages longer than this volume, it is impossible to escape the suspicion that the subject has perforce been treated a little superficially. None the less, the author writes with the authority gained from a lifetime of study of the British vegetation, and, as expected, the illustrations are superb (if somewhat biased to the south-west of England), producing a book that is well worth reading and then dipping into time and time again over the coming years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on British Vegetation, 7 Jun 2013
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This is a 'must buy' for any British ecologist/botanist. Great writing, comprehensive coverage, and excellent illustrations; the result of a lifetime's work by Michael Proctor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars British vegetation overview, 9 Jun 2014
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A thorough account and a really interesting read too. Lovely photographs of sites & plant life. This is an excellent support for geographer, botanists and geologists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant new book on ecology and plant communities., 10 Mar 2014
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An authorative account of the vegetation of Britain. Quite technical and one for the dedicated botanist or ecologist. Very thorough and comprehensive accounts of each type of vegetation - such as seashores, woodland, grassland, peatland etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quality read., 30 Jan 2014
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A well detailed introduction to the scenery of this country, particularly good about western Britain, but decent about other areas. For the traveller around this country this book is almost a 'must have'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review, 28 July 2013
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This is a clearly written account of vegetation giving all the goelogical and climatic conditions effecting the growth of plans. a very useful book and full of facts about individual plants.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First-class book, 5 April 2013
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Brilliant overview of the vegetation of the British Isles with enough environmental background to enable readers to appreciate the dynamic nature of plant communities and the impact of human activity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awarded 5 stars because it was delivered 3 days early. Efficient service, 21 Jan 2014
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This wasn't for me but my son for one of his Christmas presents. He asked me for it and seemed delighted when he looked through it.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent up to date reworking of an occasional topic, 23 May 2013
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It is a long time since British Plant life graced the series and a good modern work about the vegetation of the British Isles is overdue.

I look forward to reworkings of some of the other original topics, like Wild Flowers or Orchids of Britain.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wide ranging, 16 April 2013
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Really good addition to the NN range covering history of vegitation as well as detailed description of our modern range
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