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This review is from: Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland: A New Guide to Our Wild Flowers (Paperback)
I bought this after my ancient Collins hardback Fitter/Blamey guide fell to bits. The illustrations by Blamey are absolutely beautiful and the book contains a wealth of absorbing information. However I do sometimes struggle to identify an unfamiliar species using this book alone, particularly if the plant I am trying to identify is one of several very similar species, and I have to resort to the Collins 'Complete British Wild Flowers' photoguide instead. I'm told that 'serious botanists' have a tendency to prefer illustrated guides to photoguides, because a good illustration is more likely to depict a 'typical' plant; but useful as this book is, I feel a photoguide would be a more practical place for a complete beginner to start.
One other thing to bear in mind with this book is that it is not the most up to date. The Collins photoguides are reviewed and revised every couple of years or so, but this has not been updated since 2003. This can have an impact on the location of plant species and even the Latin names being out of date. For example the book refers to the common twayblade as listera ovata when more recent research has re-classified it as neottia ovata.