on 4 July 2008
For a long time I admired this book but was reluctant to spend £50 on it. I eventually decided I had to have it, was pleased to see it on Amazon for a bit less, and I am delighted with it. Once you have keyed something out eg. in Stace it provides beautifully clear and detailed drawings to check your ID. Or you can use the keys provided (I haven't done that much). Or you can look at the descriptions facing the plates, in which the key features are highlighted (similar format to the Wild Flower Key).
on 27 December 2011
I first used this book on a conservation course I was on a few years ago and just enjoyed the images. It is a pricey book and buying it last year on Amazon made it a justifiable purchase with the discount. I don't often take it out into the field and when I do I make sure I try and keep it clean and safe in my bag, I have lost cheaper plant guides and it is not one I am prepared to loose. So it is not really I practical field guide but a joy to use with it's illustrations and the plant key is just a joy to use. I would defineately recommnend this book if you are going to look at the fascinating world of grasses, sedges, etc.
on 13 July 2010
Its a brilliant book for identification back in the office or in your own home, its not really suitable for taking out in the field with you as its too big and heavy. Being a botanical surveyor, I have found this book very useful especially when identifying certain grasses and sedges and its very good for identifying rushes. However, there are more preferable identification books available for more detailed plant identification of each group. Overall, its a lovely general identification book to add to your ecology collection.
on 30 January 2013
Great book. Lots of detail, really useful! and if you're like me and end up getting frustrated using the text keys the pictures are detailed and colourful enough to identify lazy-style by just flicking through. Pretty hefty for a field guide but you can't put a weight on the satisfaction Botany brings.
on 5 June 2013
Having done a course recently on wild flowers using Rose I was interested to follow up with another aspect of the flora of Britain. And what a challenge. Once my knowledge was limited to cultivated grasses such as rye, timothy, fescue. Now I understand that there are a huge variety but also their value to the fauna of the planet. The most abundant and widespread flora on the planet are critical to our survival as we eat so much from the graminoid family. I really enjoyed the brief read and look forward to exploring more on our surveys.
I recommend this great guide to for anyone interested in the flora of our country and once you master the classification system you too will enjoy learning more about the plant life we depend on.