Orchids of Britain and Ireland: A Field and Site Guide Paperback – 15 Apr 2009
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' The best guide to our orchids on the market, and quite possibly the best on any group of wild flowers and the pictures in particular are superb ' -- British Wildlife (June 2009)
About the Author
Anne Harrap is a botanist with a Masters in Ecology. Simon Harrap is an ornithologist and naturalist with an indepth knowledge of British nature and is the author of several books. He has seen and photographed virtually every British orchid.
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The site guide part of the book seems comprehensive, but could have featured more places, perhaps that only have a couple of species, the sites featured are mostly those that have several species present.
My only real gripe with this generally excellent book is the authors' reliance on "genetic evidence" to determine the status of the various species.Two examples : "until recently Burnt Orchis was...in the genus Orchis, but genetic studies have resulted in its transfer to the genus Neotinea..." Since Burnt Orchid is, to say the least, similar to other Orchis species, this seems a bit like suddenly deciding that the Black Headed Gull isn't a gull at all, but a species of penguin. Similarly the split of Fragrant Orchid into three separate species is shown to be an exercise in hair splitting by the table on page
Although this is a work for the general reader, generalisations like "Recently DNA evidence has shown...", in my opinion, must be at least partly elaborated on to justify the counter-intuitive arguments they support.
Having said that, the status of species and subspecies of British Wild Orchids is always debated hotly in books on the subject, and this guide has lots to recommend it.
A few orchids to locate this month. Then cannot wait until next May when I can start exploring sites I knew nothing of .
I wish that they had a similar book fungus . Just bought Simon's book on wild glowers
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Information is well organised and comprehensive. Photos great. Must for orchid enthusiasts!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely first class and the best that I have seen whether for the amateur and picnic book to help id orchids to the professional Mr and Mrs Harper have done themselves proud . Read morePublished 15 months ago by Richard Taylor
Without doubt the most thorough & complete guide to British Orchids so far. Superb photographs.
I do wish the taxonomists would leave the names alone though !!
Probably more than I really need, but I like collecting natural history books. It's a book for the shelf to dip into as and whenPublished on 11 July 2013 by MP
we were very pleased with this excellent book.We have kept orchids for years and regularly found
wild flowers that we were sure were orchids but not able to identify them. Read more