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This review is from: British Wildlife: A photographic guide to every common species (Collins Complete Guide) (Paperback)
As some one who is more interested in mammals, fungi and lichen than I am in birds and flowers, this book was not very good at all. I dedicates most space to birds with only one page for lichens and an absurdly small section for mammals, only one whale for example. This should really cover general wildlife for happy-go-lucky folk out and about wanting to know a little more about the things they can see in the woods or at the beach etc.. There is no point in having birds in so much detail since anybody so inclined will probably already have a guide to birds, as millions of bird watchers do. this book doesn't seem to have a purpose; less detailed than a bird-watcher's guide on the bird side of things, but not nearly comprehensive enough on general wildlife. Pointless.
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Initial post: 5 May 2012 17:29:58 BDT
D. Richerby says:
As the subtitle says, the book shows all the common species. Therefore, there is little coverage of mammals because there aren't many different wild mammal species in the UK. The problem with lichens and, in particular, fungi is that there are literally thousands of species and it's usually impossible to identify them from just a photograph. If you want to identify fungi accurately, you need a specialist book and probably a microscope. Try the "Rogers Mushrooms" site for an excellent online resource.
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