Collins Fungi Guide: The most complete field guide to the mushrooms and toadstools of Britain & Ireland: The Most Complete Field Guide to the ... of Britain and Europe (Collins Guide) Hardcover – 10 May 2012
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‘What a great book. It adds a needed publication for the amateur's library which goes beyond other field guides. The illustrations of crust fungi are excellent and it is a pleasure to see them receive their rightful place in a fungal manual. I am sure you will stimulate many to look at the lower Basidiomycetes in a different light and overcome that fear of looking for and at them. Great stuff! […] A book which should be in lots of naturalists’ hands, not just field mycologists. I would gladly recommend [it] to anyone attending my forays and to my apprentices.’
Prof Roy Watling MBE, DSc., FRSE
[Former Head of Mycology and Plant Pathology and sometime Acting Regius Keeper at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh]
‘There are some great images here to delight us […] this book will bring hundreds of new, rare or unusual species to the attention of the general reader, with the added bonus of their up-to-date names.’ Field Mycology journal (British Mycological Society)
Praise for Stefan Buczacki’s previous titles:
‘An excellent book which is likely to remain the standard work’
‘By far the most comprehensive and authoritative of its kind’
The Sunday Times
About the Author
Professor Stefan Buczacki is Past-President of the British Mycological Society and holder of its Benefactors’ Medal and also one of the country’s best known horticultural writers and broadcasters. His extensive practical knowledge is underpinned by his scientific expertise – he gained an international reputation as a plant pathologist before leaving full-time research to become freelance in 1984. He has published many thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and over fifty gardening and natural history books, including Collins New Generation Guide to Mushrooms and Toadstools and New Naturalist Garden Natural History.
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If I remember right, I first came across this title in 2007. Being impressed by the previously published by Collins fungal guide, authored by Courtecuisse & Duhem, I immediately put down this one on my wish list, being much impressed by the shiny description provided by the publisher. But the time was going on and the guide was put off from year to year. I will remind that the book was first announced as "The most complete field guide to the mushrooms and toadstools of Britain and Europe". I think that from the last year this subtitle was discretely changed to the more humble "The most complete field guide to the mushrooms and toadstools of Britain and Ireland". I have also heard a word that the American Amazon started rejecting preorders, and the book is not sold now by them except by third-party sellers. Those facts might have been enough to ring a bell and prevent me from buying it.
Now when I hold it in my hands, I cannot hold my disappointment. I will not comment on any fungal group other than boletes, but I consider boletes to be very good sample for the entire edition.
First of all I will draw reader's attention to the illustrations. Most of these leave the impression that they were painted in a hurry, which is quite possible, especially having in mind that from some point onwards Collins contracted second illustrator besides C. Shields. Nonetheless, the quality of the illustrations is unsatisfactory and far beyond the expectations from such renowned artists.Read more ›
I'd recommend not to buy this, but have a look at the other books that are available.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fungi are really hard to ID to species level and although easy to use this book didn't really help me get to species.Published 3 months ago by mark edwards
great technical reference but nearly useless for a novice in the field.
for the expert, for the professor, it is fantastic
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