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British wildlife: the handiest field guides

Christopher J. Sharpe "Chris Sharpe"
 
Mushrooms
Mushrooms
"Roger Phillips' new version of the classic guide is the best yet - 1250 photos"
Mushrooms and Toadstools (Collins Field Guide)
Mushrooms and Toadstools (Collins Field Guide)
"Much more exhaustive than Phillips - 3000 species, 1750 of which are illustrated - and the size of a true field guide. The illustrations are accurate and lifelike. It's worth owning them both."
The Moss Flora of Britain and Ireland
The Moss Flora of Britain and Ireland
"The standard guide to the 760 species of Britain & Ireland"
The Liverworts of Britain and Ireland
The Liverworts of Britain and Ireland
"Not perhaps the best selling field guide on the list..."
Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of Britain and Northern Europe - Collins Pocket Guide.
Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of Britain and Northern Europe - Collins Pocket Guide.
"Fitter, Fitter & Farrer's 1984 guide to those "not quite flowers""
Colour Identification Guide to the Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of the British Isles and North Western Europe
Colour Identification Guide to the Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns of the British Isles and North Western Europe
"Francis Rose's 1989 alternative to the Collins guide"
Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland: A New Guide to Our Wild Flowers
Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland: A New Guide to Our Wild Flowers
"About the best non-specialist guide with delightful plates by Blamey - includes grasses and conspicuous ferns"
The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) - How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland
The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) - How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland
"The other great popular guide by Francis Rose in a new edition"
New Flora of the British Isles
New Flora of the British Isles
"The standard Flora of the British Isles, covering all 4500+ species - for all serious botanists. This can - just - be used in the field, but see below"
Field Flora of the British Isles
Field Flora of the British Isles
"The abridged, field portable version of Stace above"
Insects of Britain and Northern Europe (Collins Field Guide)
Insects of Britain and Northern Europe (Collins Field Guide)
"This standard insect guide by Michael Chinery will take you to family and sometimes genus, mainly by use of keys"
Insects of Britain and Western Europe (Domino Field Guide)
Insects of Britain and Western Europe (Domino Field Guide)
"For those who rely more on visual clues, this alternative Chinery identifies 2000+ insects - an ideal compliment to the above"
Britain's Dragonflies
Britain's Dragonflies
"I hate to have to choose, but this is about the best dragonfly guide. Makes use of computer-enhanced photos"
Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland
Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland
"If you can manage it, get Brooks & Lewington too - a wondeful guide with superb plates"
Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland
Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland
"There was South, then Skinner, but Richard Lewington's plates make this the definitive macro moth guide by far"
Britain's Butterflies (Wild Guides)
Britain's Butterflies (Wild Guides)
"For butterflies you can't do much better than WILDGuides, again with the halmark computer-enhanced photography approach"
Collins Field Guide - Butterflies of Britain and Europe
Collins Field Guide - Butterflies of Britain and Europe
"But I couldn't resist getting this too - again for Lewington's plates"
The Colour Identification Guide to Caterpillars of the British Isles: (Macrolepidoptera)
The Colour Identification Guide to Caterpillars of the British Isles: (Macrolepidoptera)
"While the books above do cover larval stages to some extent, this is the definitive guide to caterpillars"
Grasshoppers and Allied Insects of Great Britain and Ireland
Grasshoppers and Allied Insects of Great Britain and Ireland
"All the Orthoptera - grasshoppers and crickets"
British Hoverflies: An Illustrated Identification Guide
British Hoverflies: An Illustrated Identification Guide
"The standard guide to all 276 British species"
Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe (Collins Field Guide)
Spiders of Britain and Northern Europe (Collins Field Guide)
"If you must... The standard guide and much as I am curious about spiders, I have always found the plates a little off-putting. Certainly this guide can take me well beyond my level of expertise."
Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Europe (Collins Field Guide)
Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Europe (Collins Field Guide)
"The only guide to herps. Slightly awkward distribution of text, plates & maps."
Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe
Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe
"The only bird guide you will need - both in the UK and on the continent. Simply the best field guide to any avifauna."
Mammals of Britain and Europe (Collins Field Guide)
Mammals of Britain and Europe (Collins Field Guide)
"The standard guide by leading expert David MacDonald - feels in need of revision now."
Whales and Dolphins of the European Atlantic (Ocean Guides)
Whales and Dolphins of the European Atlantic (Ocean Guides)
"Covers all 27 species of whales & dolphins in a much more field friendly way to Macdonald  - ideal for sea crossings"