Flowers of Britain and Ireland - The Complete Guide to the British and
Irish Flora by Marjorie Blamey, Alastair Fitter, Richard
A comprehensive guide to wild trees, shrubs and
flowering plants covering the whole of Britain and Ireland, plus Europe from
the Arctic to the Alps. nearly 2000 species are described, and 1450 are
illustrated in colour.
This is an
excellent guide and well worth the price for the illustrations alone ! As an
experienced habitat surveyor it's always in my rucksack when I'm out in the
field. Only slight criticism is that if you're not sure exactly what plant
variety you're looking for it isn't always easy to identify.
Since its publication in paperback in 1974
I have used this as my standard reference book when my family and I have
been out on walks here in the Lake District. I find it invaluable and once
you start to use the keys and methods to name that unknown flower, which you
have just probably stood on!, then it becomes obvious that this book is
essential to furthering your study and enjoyment. The comprehensive aspect is
an essential feature and this work done by Richard and Alastair Fitter in
the 70s still remains a classic book; the illustrations by Marjorie Blamey
are a delight to see and use. I got a second hand copy here on Amazon the
other day for a few pounds and now I have one for home and one for out in
the woods, fells and fields. Try it and see.
I have had this book for years and used it
for A level and degree level study, it continues to be a essential companion
on walks and holidays. The pictorial keys are easy to use and the pictures
are a delight in themselves as well as making identification easy. The text
is helpful and botanical terms are explained in an appendix. It is of
compact size making it comfortable to carry on outings.
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