8 Aug 2017
Written for Spiralbound
When learning a new chunk of species it is always useful to get a range of different perspectives to complement each other; detailed keys and erudite descriptions are one thing but jizz and a few helpful pointers go a long way to making the whole subject clearer so this little book is helpful in that regard but it is terribly overpriced for what you get. It has even increased in price since I got my copy and there isn't even an index. It covers or at least mentions 120 species that may not include those that are common where you live or study as I suspect the author's selection is Hampshire-centric.
Consider as an alternative, Plants and Habitats
by Ben Averis (currently £24.99). This covers a selection of grasses, sedges and rushes with a Scotland bias as well a load of other plants (including ferns and some mosses and liverworts). The grasses etc. extend to 68 pages, with no space wasted (not the case in Price's book) and covers many more species in a style that is similarly friendly and well illustrated (with photos). The title is rather misleading and possibly off-putting, as the habitats element is not a major part of the book.
I recommend this as being far better value, though if £11.99 (current price) is of little consequence in your quest for id perfection, Dominic Price's book will undoubtedly help.