Harrap's Wild Flowers Paperback – 20 Jun 2013
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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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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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Very good but at times gives better photos of all aspects of the plants to help identification than it does at other times.Published 1 month ago by njeks
So good I gave one to my daughter and ordered another for myself. I have several flower guides and think that this one is rather user friendly.Published 2 months ago by C. A. York
good combination of illustrations, cultural information and where things growPublished 9 months ago by Andy Ahhh
A beautiful book with 1st class photography but if you haven't a clue what category of plant you are looking for then it is time-consuming to search page by page. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Button
A brilliant book! Have recommended it to lots of my friends. If you want a book to help you learn and identify wild flowers in Britain, then this is the book for you. Read morePublished 10 months ago by happyflint
Easy to use and not over technical, great map of flower location. Would recommend.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lovely photos and detailed descriptions of anatomy and locations but nowhere does it indicate which plants are poisonous. Read morePublished 11 months ago by LP