Useful Books

The books below are those that I have found useful for general identification and for background information. Each subject area has its own specialist literature which I have not included.

Trees

  • Chadbund, G. 1972. Flowering Cherries. Collins. ISBN 0 00 211271X (out of print)
  • Coombes, A.J. 2000. Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Trees. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0-7513-2746-8
  • Forestry Commission, 1968. Know Your Broadleaves. HMSO. Booklet 20. (out of print)
  • Johnson, O. and Moore, D. 2004. The Tree Guide. Collins. ISBN 0 00 71395403
  • May, A. and Panter, J. 2000. A guide to the Identification of Broadleaved Trees and Shrubs in Winter. Field Studies Council.
  • Miles, A. (ed). 1999. Silva, the Tree in Britain. Ted Smart Publication. ISBN 0 09 186788 6.
  • Mitchell, A. 1972. Conifers in the British Isles. A Descriptive Handbook. Forestry Commission Booklet 33. HMSO. ISBN 0 11 710012 9 (out of print)
  • Mitchell, A. 1974. A Field Guide to the Trees of Britain and Northern Europe. Collins. ISBN 0 00 212035 6
  • Mitchell, A. 1982. The Trees of Britain and Northen Europe. Collins. ISBN 0 00 219037 0
  • Mitchell, A. 1996. Alan Mitchell's Trees of Britain. Collins. ISBN 0 00 219972 6
  • Moore, D. and White, J. 2003. Cassel's Trees of Britain and Northern Europe. Cassell. ISBN 0-304-36192-5
  • Packenham, T. 1996. Meetings with Remarkable Trees. Phoenix Illustrated. ISBN 0 075380 237 6.
  • Philips, R. 1978. Trees in Britain, Europe and North America. Pan Books. ISBN 0 330 25480 4
  • Press, B. and Hosking, D. 1993. Photographic Field Guide to Trees of Britain and Europe. New Holland. ISBN 1 85368 264 0
  • Thomas, P. 2000. Trees: their Natural History. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0 521 45351 8

Birds

  • Jonsson L. Birds of Europe. Helm. ISBN 0-7136-4422-2
  • Mullarney, K, Svensson, L. Collins Bird Guide. Harper Collins. ISBN 0-00-219728-6.

Butterflies and Moths

  • Manley, C. 2008. British Moths and Butterflies. ISBN 978-0-7136-8636-4 (very good quality photographs of 850 species of macros and 300 micros)
  • Skinner, B. 1984. Moths of Britain and Ireland. Viking. ISBN 0-670-80354-5
  • Stirling, P. and Parsons, M. 2012. Field Guide to the Micro-Moths of Great Britain and Ireland. British Wildlife Pub. ISBN 0956490212 ( over 1700 species of micro moth in their natural resting position)
  • Thomas, J.A. 1966. Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland. Hamlyn. ISBN 0-600-57513-6
  • Waring, P. and Townsend, M. 2003. A Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland. British Wildlife Publishing. ISBN 0-9531399-1-3. (All the macro moths in their resting position)
  • Young, M. The Natural History of Moths. T&D Poyser. ISBN 0-85661-103-4

Dragonflies and Damselflies

  • Brooks, S. Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland. British Wildlife Publishing. ISBN 0-953139 -0-5
  • Miller, P.L. Dragonflies. Naturalist's Handbook No. 7. Cambridge University Press. ISBN : 31765-7

Other Insect Groups

  • Colyer, C.N. and Hammond, C.O. Flies of the British Isles. Warne. ISBN 7232-0004-1. Out of print.
  • Forsythe, T.G . Common Ground Beetles . Naturalist's Handbook No. 8. Cambridge University Press. ISBN : 0-85546-263-9
  • Harde, K.W. Field Guide in Colour to Beetles. Octopus. ISBN 0-7064-1937-5. Out of print.
  • Majerus, M. and Kearns, P. Ladybirds. Naturalist's Handbook No. 10. Cambridge University Press. ISBN : 0-85546-267-1
  • Prys-Jones, O.E. and Corbet, S.A. Bumblebees. Naturalist's Handbook No. 6. Cambridge University Press. ISBN : 0-521-27781-7
  • Stubbs, A. and Falk, S. British Hoverflies. British Entomology and Natural History Society. ISBN 0-9502891-3-2
  • Stubbs, A. and Drake, M. British Soldierflies. British Entomology and Natural History Society. ISBN 1-899935-04-5
  • Unwin, D.M. Key to the Families of British Diptera. Field Studies Council Publication 143
  • Unwin, D.M. Key to the Families of British Beetles. Field Studies Council Publication 166
  • Yeo, F. and Corbet, S.A. Solitary Wasps . Naturalist's Handbook No. 3. Cambridge University Press. ISBN : 0-521-29940-3

Insects in General

  • Chinery, M. Collins Guide to Insects of Britain and Western Europe. Collins. ISBN 0-00-219170-9
  • Chinery M. Field Guide to Insects of Britain and Northern Europe. Collins. ISBN 0-00-212036-4

Flowering Plants and Ferns

  • Blamey, M. Fitter R. and Fitter A. 2003. Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland. A&C Black. ISBN 0-7136-5944-0
  • Fitter, R., Fitter A. and Farrer, A. Collins Guide to Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns. Collins. ISBN 0-00-219136-9
  • Garrard I. and Streeter, D. Flowers of Britain and Ireland. MacMillan. ISBN 0-333-32679-2
  • Gibbons, B and Brough P. Photographic Guide to Wild Flowers. Hamlyn. ISBN 0-600-57452-0
  • Merryweather, J. and Hill, M. The Fern Guide. Field Studies Council. ISBN 1-85153-211-0
  • Rose, F. Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns. Viking. ISBN 0-670-80688-9
  • Rose, F. The Wild Flower Key. Warne. ISBN 0-7232-2419-6
  • Stace, C. New Flora of the British Isles. 2nd Edition. Cambridge. ISBN 0-521-58933-5