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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the amateur botanist in the UK., 6 Sept. 1999
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This review is from: The Wild Flowers of the British Isles (Hardcover)
The clarity and accuracy of the plates in this book put it in a class of its own. Although the large format precludes it being used as a field guide, it is the book to get back to with your sketches and notes when your field guide's illustrations aren't up to scratch.
The format that has been adopted by the authors is to have one large section with all the plates, arranged taxonomically, followed by a text section with brief notes on each species (and a few sub-species not illustrated) sequenced by plate for easy cross-reference. The text icludes a brief description of structure, habitats and distribution.
The book gives no peripheral information other than this, so will need to be used in conjunction with other books if more than mere identification is required.
There is only one English name given for each plant, which may not be that adopted by another author, so for cross-reference, the Latin names must be used.
No keys are provided for ease of searching by colour or structure since the book makes no pretence of being a field guide. Consequently searching for an unidentified plant can be a laborious affair, especially for those unfamiliar with the sequence used in the book or those unable to ascribe a specimen to a family.
No attempt is made to give any scientific information or details of pollination method, diseases and primary pests that may afflict a plant, uses through history or interaction with other flora.
In summation then, the book is simply a large format reference or "coffee table" book with a clarity and accuracy of illustration and conciseness of text which make it a pleasure either to browse or to use as the final arbiter when identification is in doubt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful book, 18 July 2011
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J. Haughton (Corby UK) - See all my reviews
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Helpful book with clear drawings that help me to identify the various plants I see when out walking near my home. This book is similar in style to the Keble-Martin book but has the drawings laid out with more space around them. The written information about the plants is in a separate section which is a bit irritating. For all that its a good book that I find very useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and comprehensive, 3 Sept. 2014
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Ukhuman1st "Mike" (Gloucester, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive guide to every species of wild flower found in the British Isles, including alien species and garden escapes that have 'gone native'. Although the text accompanying the colour plates is in a separate section, this is numbered in exactly the same way as the plates themselves so cross-referencing is easy. This section is particularly good at explaining where in the British Isles each species is likely to be found and its habitat. The text does not explain the different morphological features of each plant, but each illustration is worth a thousand words, so usually enabling easy identification from the pictures alone. However, if there is risk of confusion between two very similar species, the text explains how they might be distinguished. This is a large book, with pages slightly bigger than A4 size so definitely not intended as a field guide, but it has still proved enormously useful to me to check against the photographs I invariably take of new species. For me, the only slight snag is that the index lists each plant by name in strict alphabetical order, so if you find a speedwell but don't know what sort, you can't look up what page or plate it might be on under 'speedwell' - it is not in the Index. The answer is to look up a species of speedwell you already know (eg common speedwell). Overall, though this is a very pleasing book to own and I would thoroughly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild flowers book, 11 Nov. 2012
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Beautifully illustrated pictures, clear and in full colour, this guide is easy to follow and covers all plants from the British isles. It's a huge book and heavy so not for really taking on a field trip. But great as a reference book to have at home or in your study.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildflowers of the British Isles, 29 May 2009
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I first saw this book in a B & B we stayed at in Wales and what first struck me were the pictures.
Friends of our's have just moved house and there are a lot of wild flowers in their garden so I also bought them a copy to help identify their new found plants.
The descriptions and pictures are so very easy to follow. I am an amateur watercolour painter and will definitely be using this book to practice with. Anyone wanting to enjoy more about the wildflowers of this country would do well to try and obtain a copy.
A superb read, study book which can just be used to enjoy the drawings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations, 2 Mar. 2014
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This is a somewhat old-fashioned book structure now (ie separate colour plates) but the illustrations are great and the book is attractive and thorough. Definately for home rather than field use - it's a big book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Flowers of the Britis Isles, 5 Dec. 2013
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I bought it knowing it was second hand but a bit disappointed to find this version was published in the 1980'. However, brand new it would have been £75.00, way out of my price range!
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5.0 out of 5 stars five stars!, 7 July 2014
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Five stars! The illustrations are clear, refreshingly presented and inventive. The commentaries are concise and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Nov. 2014
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Really happy with the condition of the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear flower pictures, 2 May 2015
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Great Book
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