The is the first fully-illustrated and fully-mapped guide to the British and Irish flora, covering more than 1900 species. Its restriction to the British Isles alone allows far more detail and more local information, and identification is made easier with the inclusion of maps for most species. Specific details about plants appearing in certain areas and accurate maps are designed to make location and identification easy, and this 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.
With over 5000 detailed colour paintings and more than 1600 maps, this is the most extensively illustrated wild flower guide to Britain and Ireland yet. Coloured, boxed keys to plants in complex or difficult groups are provided to assist identification. The Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland also features information about grasses, which are often omitted in other, shorter books, along with sedges, rushes, horsetails and clubmosses. Ferns, though not strictly speaking flowering plants, are also included.
This new edition is fully revised to take into account recent taxonomic changes, as well as changes in status and distribution.
Marjorie Blamey is probably Britain's best known illustrator of botanical books. Over a long career, she has illustrated dozens of books including several of the best-selling field guides to flowers ever published. Richard Fitter was an acclaimed naturalist and the author of numerous best-selling field guides on a variety of subjects. Alistair Fitter CBE FRS is an ecologist at the University of York who has collaborated with his father, Richard Fitter, on several field guides.