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A very good and almost truly excellent guide,
This review is from: Collins Complete British Mushrooms and Toadstools: The essential photograph guide to Britain's fungi (Collins Complete Guides) (Paperback)
I have a fair collection of fungus guides (including older Collins guides from 1975, 1982 (Gem) and 1994) and this is one of my top 4 favourites alongside Roger Phillips' "Mushrooms", Michael Jordan's "Encyclopedia of Fungi" and Marcel Bon's "Mushrooms and Toadstools". None is perfect by itself but they complement each other superbly.
A popular book at forays, and size is ok to carry without too much difficulty. The range of fungi covered is one of the biggest and best and the photos are mostly excellent, although a few more views showing gills/pores and different stages of development where the changes are especially notable would have been even better. Presentation is excellent and the layout is quite easy to follow with good, clear feature and habitat descriptions for the fungi.
For many users it can work very well as a stand-alone guide, but for the more advanced comes into its own when used alongside e.g. Phillips. It intentionally gives little information on edibility/poisonousness, which is a little unusual and many users will miss; and there is nothing about spores, which for me is a more important omission. Edibility and spore detail would have made it more stand-alone for the very keen and raised it to the 5 stars I almost gave it.