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Britain's Plant Galls: A Photographic Guide

Field / Identification GuideIdentification Key
  • Stunning colour plates showing typical views of each type of gall featured
  • Detailed gall profiles covering key identification features and on what tree or plant to look
  • Split into three sections covering galls on Oaks, on other trees and shrubs, and on herbaceous plants
  • Details of other reading for those who wish to take the subject further
  • A handy index of host plants

Series: Britain's Wildlife

By: Michael Chinery (Author)

96 pages, 200 colour photos, 2 illustrations


Paperback | Sep 2011 | #192220 | ISBN-13: 9781903657430
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £16.95 $22/€20 approx

About this book

A handy-sized photographic field guide that aims to help both beginners and experts alike to learn more about some of the conspicuous, picturesque and even bizarre galls and what causes them in the first place. Prepared by members of the British Plant Gall Society with the aim of encouraging an augmented interest in the topic and an increase in younger naturalists who will continue studying this fascinating subject into the future.


- Introduction - what are galls and what causes them 5
- Oak galls 13
- Galls on other trees and shrubs 31
- Galls on herbaceous plants 70
- Further reading 90
- Acknowledgments 94
- Index of host plants 95
- The British Plant Gall Society 96

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Michael Chinery is best-known for his field guides to insects and other creepy-crawlies, especially those that occur in our gardens, and for his numerous books encouraging young people to explore and enjoy the countryside and its wildlife. Insects and wild flowers fascinated him from a very early age and this inevitably led to an interest in plant galls, with their intimate mix of plant and animal life. He joined the British Plant Gall Society soon after its formation in 1985, and has been the Society's journal, "Cecidology", since 1990.

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