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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408113600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408113608
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most user friendly plant guide I have seen so far for use in the field -- Gehan De Silva, Author & Photographer The degree of detail is astonishing, and it's no wonder that Harrap's contemporaries are enthusing about this book too, citing it as a must-have reference for amateurs and experts alike. English Garden Distribution map, pictures of leaves, seed pods and flowers, and a handy pictorial index make this book a must-have. Grow Your Own This beautiful, informative, compact book has already become a vital piece of kit for my country walks. Garden a wonderfully comprehensive yet concise guide The Guardian very comprehensive indeed. Highland Wildlife This is a wild flower identification book unlike any other...excellent Wild Flower Magazine this user-friendly text includes all the details that you need to confidently name the plant. This handy guide is great for beginners and an essential reference for experts. Wildlife beautifully laid out and easy to use Butterfly

About the Author

Simon Harrap is a professional writer, photographer and tour leader, based in Norfolk. He leads birdwatching tours throughout the world, and botanical and nature trips in Norfolk. His previous books include Orchids of Britain and Ireland, Flowers of the Norfolk Coast, Flowers of the Norfolk Broads (all of which are illustrated with his own photographs), as well as the RSPB Pocket Guide to British Birds, and Where to Watch Birds in Britain (co-authored with Nigel Redman).


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This is a beautiful book. Browse it during the winter months, and it refreshes your love of the British flora and makes the yearning for Spring all the stronger. Many of the photos are the best portraits of the species that I've ever seen.
But this is more than a set of pictures: the text is concise, easily readable and well judged. Plenty of close-ups of key features, often illustrating distinctive leaves as well as flowers.
The illustrated glossary is among the best available. The thumbnail maps of the distribution of each species are really handy, in two contrasting ways - they confirm that a species is likely to be what we think it is (or that the species really doesn't occur in our area), but it also highlights species which are frequent enough that we should be finding them in our area.
It's good to have a thoroughly recommendable photographic guide to mention at training courses.
One potential drawback: it's not comprehensive (inevitable in a book that is small and lightweight enough to take on trips outdoors), and some of the missing species are frequent enough that non-specialists may come across them. My initial impression is that there is a southern and eastern bias in species selection - plenty of East Anglian rarities are included. But the human population in Britain also has a southern and eastern bias, so this makes it well suited to the average reader.
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I am already delighted with this flower guide. Finally I have managed to identify a flower that I have been puzzled over since Spring (turns out to be female butterwort, only found in Peak District and Yorkshire Dales).
The photos are great, however to me the descriptions really stand out. They expand botanical knowledge (mine is minimal)and are full of information (descriptions, habitat etc). So far have only enjoyed reading at home but think it will earn a place in my rucksack!
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I have many, many wild flower identification books and this is the best given my (quite low) level of knowledge. The photos are excellent showing the key aspects of each plant with additional pictures of leaves or fruit. Maps are included showing the geographical distributions for each species. Identifying particular plants is aided by small photos of the plant families on the inside front and back covers of the book which indicate which pages to look at. Flowers in the book are ordered according to the standard reference book, 'New Flora of the British Isles', and not by flower colour or number of petals, so provide little help for the novice, but the inside cover pictures should be enough.

It is a fairly weighty volume which I'd not like to haul around all day in a pocket, my preference being to take a photograph of the plant and then look it up when at home in the evening.

If I could only have one wild flower book, this would be it.
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i own several wild flower books, but since becoming a volunteer for plant life uk, they were not informative enough. i ordered harrap's wild flowers and have found it to be a very comprehensive guide helping me identify so many plants that were not shown in the books i already owned. it is a beautiful book, and i would highly recommend it.
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I haven't used the book in the field yet but after a long look through it does seem to be a really good flower identification guide book with excellent photos. The only complaint I have is the lack of a key at the front that would enable a flower to be keyed out by it physical characteristics.
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I wanted a photographic wild flower guide to complement my old pictorial one. I am delighted to have found this book.
The photographs are excellent and the book itself is a pleasure to use and is clearly a quality product.
The information provided is excellent. Each entry has a range map, information on growth, height, when it flowers, status (eg native or introduced), altitudinal range, introductory text, main photo plus additional ones of leaves or close ups. The format is reminiscent of a bird guide actually.
This book will be an asset to any nature lover's bookshelf.
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I've not had this for long but I love the illustrations and keep turning the pages and being intrigued by what I find. The descriptions are detailed and very useful and most of the photo's are excellent.

My main flower book was Fitter and Blamey's The Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe and I will probably continue to take that out with me, mainly because of the key that uses flower colour, shape and number of petals to help me narrow down what I have found. It is smaller and lighter too. Harrap's does not have a detailed key but inside the front and back covers there are photo's to guide you eg a group of 5 photo's point you to pages 43 to 68 covering peas, vetches, tares, melilots and clovers.

I have no regrets about buying this book, it is a pleasure to look through, has already increased my knowledge and improved my identification skills. It has also motivated me to look for some of the rarer plants that can be found in my area.
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Having purchased the Francis Rose guide when I started my degree course, I found it to be quite difficult to use. Some of my course mates had this guide and find it a lot easier to use, mainly due to the picture key at the start of the book. Id deffinitely recommend this for anyone starting out in plant ID.
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