The Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland: The Complete Guide to the British and Irish Flora
Fully illustrated and mapped guide to the British and Irish flora. Its restriction to the British Isles alone allows for more detail, more local information, easier identification and the inclusion of extensive maps. With specific details about plants appearing in certain areas and coloured maps designed to make location and identification easy, the book also includes details of local specialities for the Isles of Scilly. Also featured is an illustrated survey of recently disappeared British and Irish plants, some of which may return. Information about grasses, sedges, rushes, horsetails and clubmosses is included, as well as coverage of ferns--though not strictly speaking flowering plants, their inclusion is warranted by popularity.
The wild flowers; aquatic plants with all leaves submerged; trees and tall shrubs; grasses, sedges and rushes; ferns, horsetails and clubmosses; spcialities of the Isles of Scilly and West Cornwall; Irish specialities; extinct British and Irish plants.
Marjorie Blamey is the doyenne of European botanical artists, the best known internationally and the most successful: her earlier books have sold over a million copies. Before devoting herself to botanical illustration in middle age, Mrs Blamey had in turns been a professional actress, photographer, wartime ambulance driver, and for 20 years a farmer's wife. She and her co-worker husband, Philip, live in St Germans, Cornwall. Richard Fitter lives in Chinnor, Oxfordshire and is the most experienced writer of field guides in Britain. He combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of British natural history with absolute clarity and precision in description and, like Marjorie Blamey, a level of energy rare in people half their age - both are in their 80s, yet constantly working on new projects. Alastair Fitter is a mere 52, Richard's second son and Professor of Biology at the University of York. Already the author of earlier guides with his father and with Marjorie Blamey, here he has contributed all the maps.
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Related organisations include:
- Botanical Society of Scotland
- Botanical Society of the British Isles
- Organisation for the Phyto-Taxonomic Investigation of the Mediterranea