truly pocket sized
Collins (2 Aug 2004
Trees (Collins GEM guide) by Alastair Fitter, David More
unrivalled beginner's guide to identifying the most common species of tree in
northern Europe. This is the perfect pocket guide for anyone who wants to
identify those deciduous or evergreen species they may come across on hill or in
dale, in the town or in the countryside. For each tree included in the book,
there is a wealth of both textual and visual identification information.
Remarkably detailed illustrations show not only the overall shape of the tree
but also details of leaf shape, flowers, fruits and bark. There's also
information on the origin of each species, its height, preferred habitat and
growing conditions. Illustrations of cones, catkins, nuts and fruits allow you
to distinguish between similar species at a glance. The introduction covers the
life cycle of trees, the establishment of woodland, people's relationship with
forests and how to go about identifying trees, plus the all-important question
-- what exactly is a tree?
Still the favourite! I've been studying and working in ecology since 1987
and this is still the first book I turn to. Descriptions are clear and
concentrate on distinguishing features. It's divided nicely into closely related
groups with additional pages on fruits and nuts with a simple bark/leaf key.
There's also a description of tree buds for winter ID.
Collins Gem Trees! I find this a very worthwhile, easy to use little book,
packed full of interesting information on over 200 trees and shrubs. This book
can be popped into a rucksack and taken on countryside rambles or school trips
as a quick, concise aid to tree identification. Colourful illustrations of
trees, foliage, flowers, fruit and bark add to the ease of tree identification
for both beginners and those with some knowledge. Useful keys in the
introduction also help you to identify trees in winter. A must for nature
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