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Tree-Spotting A Simple Guide to Britain's Trees

Field / Identification Guide Identification Key
By: Ros Bennett(Author), Nell Bennett(Illustrator)
303 pages, b/w illustrations, b/w distribution maps
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  • Tree-Spotting ISBN: 9781787398702 Hardback Aug 2022 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1 week
Price: £14.99
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A beautifully illustrated guide to the marvellous and varied world of trees, and a fascinating introduction to the hidden secrets of 52 British species.

Botanist and ecologist Ros Bennett has spent a lifetime helping people understand and identify plants and always hoped her daughter Nell would grow up to share her love of the natural world.

During Nell's childhood years they spent much time exploring the local woods together. Here Nell discovered the visual and tactile beauty of trees. She learnt to spot the important differences. Even at an early age she could pick out subtle differences in the pattern of veins in a leaf or the shape of a bud emerging from a twig.

In Tree-Spotting, Ros and Nell have combined their background and talents to show you – through Ros' long experience and Nell's exquisite illustrations – how to identify 52 British trees simply and confidently.

A beautiful and captivating insight into the wonderful world of trees, Tree-Spotting burrows down into the history and hidden secrets of each species. It explores how our relationship with trees can be very personal, and hopes to bring you closer to the natural world around you.

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  • A very readable book about the native British trees
    By Colin 22 Nov 2022 Written for Hardback
    This book is not a conventional identification guide (though includes keys and can be used as such). It is not a textbook of trees (though it contains a lot of detailed information). It is not a coffee-table book of glossy photos to be flicked through briefly and then put down (though it has many illustrations and can be dipped into a short chapter at a time). It is a storybook to be read. It is the story of the native British trees and, what is more, it is a very personal story of the authors’ encounters with those trees – what makes them different and what makes each of them special, their place in history, in medicine or popular culture, their uses and ecology, all written in an informal and very readable style without any loss of detail or accuracy. Ros Bennett’s text is accompanied throughout by Nell’s exquisite drawings. All botanists know that a good drawing conveys more information than even the best of photographs and these are no exception; precise detail that reveals the essential characteristics to distinguish each species drawn by someone who understands trees. Whether you think you know about trees, or if you are a complete beginner, you will find something new of interest in every chapter of this very readable book.
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Ros Bennett gained degrees in Botany (BSc) and Ecology (MSc) at Aberdeen University before setting out on a lifetime of surveying, teaching and publication, helping people to understand the world of plants. In the field and classroom, she has inspired amateurs, professionals and post-graduate students, and has travelled widely, helping people to discover wild places in Europe and Africa.

Nell Bennett is a designer and freelance illustrator.

Field / Identification Guide Identification Key
By: Ros Bennett(Author), Nell Bennett(Illustrator)
303 pages, b/w illustrations, b/w distribution maps
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