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Language: English with bilingual preface in English and Welsh
The vital role of fungi in the ecology of grasslands is becoming more widely appreciated, sparking an increasing interest in identification. This ﬁeld guide covers the species that are commonly found in meadows and other grasslands throughout the UK including the colourful waxcaps and many other fascinating species.
- 200 species with clear descriptions of each, and over 900 photographs.
- Key indentiﬁcation points to help distinguish between similar species.
- Designed to be suitable for the beginner and amateur enthusiast, it will appeal to anyone with an interest in grassland mycology.
Compared to the first edition, the second edition draws on an additional three years of surveying done over a wider area. It adds 23 new species to the 177 already described in the first edition. The selection of photographs was expanded for many species by adding or substituting new photographs, particularly focusing on photos helpful for identification. Minor updates concern names (both English and scientific) where they have changed over the last few years, corrections of typos, and changes to any measurements where new surveys provided further data. The page count has increased from 336 to 400 pages.
"The fungi of grasslands are an important component of modern day ecological studies, with our grasslands under increasing threat, so this book represents a timely introduction to the subject. [...] A succinct description is given, often with numerous colour photographs which are mostly of excellent quality. Spore colour is given but the spore size, shape or ornamentation is sadly missing with any other microscopy. [...] The nomenclature is admirably up to date [...] an interesting, topical and useful book with a few points which might usefully be changed in any future edition. I am sure it will prove a popular book with anyone looking at grassland fungi."
– Geoffrey Kibby, Field Mycology 19(1), January 2019
"[...] This book pulls together experience gained in the still plentiful natural grasslands of the lower Wye Valley. It describes and illustrates most of the species that are identifable in the feld: some 170 species in all. It is clear, not too technical, and very well illustrated with colour images. It will be a boon to any feld worker. The question is this: will it be as useful nationally as it is for the Wye Valley? The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is probably yes. [...] This is a well-produced and much-needed guide to grassland fungi that should be useful to beginners as well as to more experienced feld mycologists. And it should encourage others to become involved in feld survey, or just spotting fungi for fun, which is all to the good."
– Peter Marren, British Wildlife, Volume 29(2)