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great at a glance...but not very good,
This review is from: Field Guide To Mushrooms And Other Fungi Of Britain And Europe (Paperback)
At first glance, this book appears to be great. It has an easy to understand layout, lots of detailed descriptions, and a handy plastic cover to keep it clean- perfect for chucking in a rucksack while you're off mushroom hunting.
However, so many of the mushrooms I've found while out and about haven't been in the book. It seems to include very rare fungi but not ones which seem to be very common in this country! So now I'm going to have to invest in a new one. Great book if you want to read about mushrooms but not very good if you actually want to identify them.
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Initial post: 21 Oct 2008 00:09:45 BDT
Mr. D. J. Jewsbury says:
I agree with Mr Platt. To include Cortinarius violaceus and omit False Death Cap is not helpful in any general fungi book. I lent my copy and wouldn't care if I never saw it again. I don't know if the perfect small, beginners ID guide exists, but this isn't it.
Posted on 26 Oct 2010 15:58:40 BDT
This is a field guide, not an encyclopaedia. The editors have chosen 200 or so common mushrooms. It doesn't take a genius to work out that there are going to be several thousand missing. So the author had to choose which 200 or so to include; a hard task for anybody. Given these limitations, I think the author has done a great job in selecting the most common mushrooms when the whole of the UK is taken into consideration, not just your backdoor.
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