Complete Guide to British Wildlife (Collins Handguides) Paperback – 11 May 1981
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It's a great guide, the illustrations are preferable for me to photographs, as they seem to allow for the variation you see in individuals much better, giving a better ID.
I've bought quite a few other guides since receiving this one and I have to say for an all rounder there's no better! It's a sort of compact composite of the old illustrated Collins gem guides.
I love the size - which fits into a large camo pocket, or long rucksack pocket, and the front cover is of a durable (15 years and going), but flexible material.
The sections are:
Trees and climbers
Sedges, grasses and rushes
Lower plants and fungi
Animal tracks (one of my favourite inclusions)
Butterflies and Moths
Farm crops and livestock
Other reviews have mentioned how migratory species have become resident since this was printed, which is a fair point, but:
I really can't recommend this book highly enough - especially for families or children with an interest in the natural world.
If any one from Collins reads this, please update and reprint it - I haven't bought the 'new version' because it just can't touch this!
Oh and a short section on birds feathers would be nice - just for ones you often find eg mallard, pheasant, sparrowhawk, wood pidgeon etc.
Great illustrations and a handy addition to have as a quick reference guide. Covers everything imaginable from animal and plant species to tracking and bugs,
In summary, a really handy,portable field guide.
Pity: with a bit of editing, and a better title, it could be a joy.
No guide of this size cannot be totally comprehensive and inevitably there will be omissions. Keen ornithologists ,entymologists and mycologists for example may need more detailed and inclusive field guides, however, this book will be more than adequate for those with a general interest in our island's flora and fauna. Time has also taken it's toll since the guide was written, for example in the 8os the copyu was still a widespread unwelcome alien - today it has been eradicated. Then,the Red Kite was confined to Mid Wales whilst today this magnificent raptor can frequengtly be seen over the Chilterns. This detracts nothing from the guide which will continue to inform and delight the casual naturalist. Nothing published since then comes close.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gives you wonderful pictures of all wildlife you might find in Britain as well as a brief description about each creature you might comes across a truly helpful guide for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by steven wood
this book was sold as a hard back and it is a paper back and in poor conditionPublished 13 months ago by Mary Ryan