OUT AND ABOUT - Discovering British Wild Flowers

OUT AND ABOUT - Discovering British Wild Flowers

This is a bright and cheerful photographic identification guide aimed at youngsters to help them discover wild flowers when out and about. The plants are arranged primarily by habitat but also by colour in the Flower Colour Index, aiding rapid plant identification. Suitable as a science resource for all UK primary school curricula, age group 7-11.


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The book will be available 23 February 2021


Author: Deirdre A Shirreffs
Publisher: Brambleby Books
Year of Publication: 23 Feb 2021
Format and Pages: Paperback, 160pp
ISBN: 9781908241634
Retail Price: £8.99
Our Discount Price: £8.10

Sample text from OUT AND ABOUT - Discovering British Wild Flowers


Have you ever seen a Daisy on sand dunes, Poppies in a wood or Wood Anemones in a field? Probably not because every plant is adapted to its habitat, as with all wildlife. In this book you will find descriptions of over one hundred common British wild flowers arranged by the habitat they usually grow in (although some may grow in several). To identify plants by the colour of their flowers, check the photographic Flower Colour Index, page 154. When you find a flower you can tick the box at the bottom of the relevant page and make some notes. For each plant its average height, type of pollination and main flowering season is given....

Parts of a flower

It is important to recognise the parts of a flower to be able to identify it. A buttercup is a good example of a flowering plant as it shows the flower parts clearly....

Pollination and Fertilisation

For an ovule to develop into a seed two things need to happen – first pollination then fertilisation....


Woodlands in spring are among our most beautiful sights with carpets of starry white Wood Anemones or the misty blue of Bluebells. These flowers open and set seed quickly. ...


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Reviews and readers' comments

Many of us passionately believe that there is an urgent need to encourage future generations of botanists. This new book is designed to do just that. Its target audience are primary school children between the ages of 6 and 12. But it could also be a helpful introductory flora for adults dipping their toes into the sometimes chilly waters of plant identification. - John Warren, BSBI

I like its clear detail and layout. The colour index will be a good starting point for a lot of uses of this book and it will guide them closer to their objective. At a reasonable cost it could be included in the family reference collection for continual use. A nice size also fitting in a lot of coat pockets. – Christine Walkden, British Television presenter and gardener

Overall Impression: Really good, easy to read, covers the main sorts of wild flower you would usually see and be able to identify. - Dr Peter Llewellyn

The book is looking fantastic. Although primarily for children, it could very much reach a wider audience of parents, interested adults, and primary school teachers, indeed a lovely ‘family book’, for use at home and when out and about. The photos in the book are superb and give a real feeling what the flower or leaf actually looks like (close ups fantastic). I think teachers, from all over the UK, particularly, will find the book useful. The information is presented in a slightly more informal way so is pleasant to read but informative…good tone! The flower reproduction is also particularly well explained! As a teacher, I used drama, diagrams and a little buzzy bee to demonstrate this but actually it is quite hard for children (and a lot of adults) to totally understand! Looking at your book for the first time would make me or indeed anyone with a bit of interest be straight out there looking for wild flowers!! -  Margaret Alston, Primary School Teacher


As we come to the end of our little series of the various bookish delights we can delve into, this brand new book is definitely one to explore. I so wish it had been around in my childhood!

Full of colourful photographs, lots of ID details on the flowering season and plant height, there is also a really handy Flower Colour Index AND a ruler to use on the back cover. I think this is going to become the No.1 practical wildflower book for families, children and schools to use. - Tayside Biodiversity Partnership




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