As per my post on the subject, I am now publishing my range of Field Guides for Budding Botanists, aimed at Improvers, although even complete beginners will find them useful and - hopefully! - encouraging.
published on Kindle,
but even if you don't have a Kindle you can still download them, as
Amazon kindly provide a free app (or "programme" as we grown-ups call
them) to allow you to view them on your own device, on your pc at home, or on your laptop.
There are twenty-four of them available already - and lots more yet to come.
one comprises an introduction to the group of plants which the book
covers, and a Table of Differences which neatly distills the salient
points of difference between species, and presents just that information
in a clear, easy-to-read grid format.
No more wading through in-depth botanical descriptions!
I describe them in these terms:
One of a series of books intended for use in the field by UK Botanists,
both Improvers and complete beginners, to help swiftly narrow down the
identification of a plant.
They cover commonly found UK species, and are not intended to
replace a proper Field Guide such as Poland or Rose: but they present
the salient information in an easy-to-read format, to people who have
gone beyond having to key out every single plant, and who are now trying
to learn the difference between species.
In fact, they are for people who have gone beyond “It's a Willowherb!” and have reached “..but which one?”
The Kindle is the perfect format for this, as you can look up any
words you don't understand in the Kindle dictionary, and then annotate
the Table to remind yourself.
they were in the form of a pack of A6 cards on a ring, and here is my
original pack (right) , which I still refer to on Botany outings.
found it was handy to be able to annotate them while I was out an
about: but after an "incident" on a rainy day, I decided it was a good
idea to computerise them, and it is these computerised versions which I
am now presenting.
You may prefer to print them out and
make them into cards as I did: but if you can take your Kindle
out botanising with you, then so much the better, as you can add notes
and check the dictionary if any terms confuse you - although I do strive
to include helpful notes on botanical terms which are specific to that
group of plants.
As well as Field Guides (green covers) I have published some books about gardening (blue covers) and I have just started another series, Botany Basics (yellow covers) which will expand to cover introductions to Tree ID, both in winter and in summer, and the very basics of Botany, for complete beginners.
Author Page, which lists all of the books I have published.