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Over the years I have accumulated a number of reference books on all aspects of natural history; some field guides others text books. Without these books there would be no Nature of Dorset as I would know virtually nothing! I provide a list of them here for two reasons. Firstly, it is right that I acknowledge the source of much of the information I have gleaned about wildlife and habitats and secondly if you are looking for a book, or books, to use you may wish to consider these as an option. Some of the books I have had for over thirty years and are no longer in print but where I have been able to find it I have included details of ISBN and publisher details, Where a book is sold by the Natural History Book Society I have included a link to the book's page on their website:

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Title (Click for more information) Author Description
A Comprehensive Guide to the Insects of Britain and ... Paul D Brock

An astonishing amount of species and information in one relatively small book

A Guide to the Wildlife Habitats of Britain ... S Lake/D Liley/R Still/ et al

A new book in 2014 and how I wish I had had this book many years ago! Brilliant.

Britains Day-flying Moths David Newlan Robert Still Andy Swash

A field guide to the day-flying moths of Britain and Ireland

Britains Dragonflies Dave Smallshire Andy Swash

A field guide to the damselflies and dragonflies of Britain and Ireland

Britains Hoverflies Stuart Ball/Roger Morris

Billed as an introduction but this has everything the general naturalist would want to know about hoverflies.

Britains Plant Galls Michael Chinnery

A photographic guide to plant galls and deformities

Britains Reptiles and Amphibians Howard Inns

A field guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Britain

British Butterflies Robert Gooden

Been in my collection now for many years but still used regularly!

British Hoverflies Alan Stubbs/Steven Falk

Thirty years old and still a key reference for me on hoverflies

British Mosses and Liverworts E V Watson

The definitive reference book on this subject - not a field guide!

British Trees in Colour Cyril Hart/Charles Raymond

First published in 1973 this excellent book on trees may no longer be available but I find it an essential reference

Collins Fungi Guide Stepahn Buczacki/Chris Shields/ et a

Has to be the most complete and usable guide to this difficult group

Collins Guide to the Ferns, Mosses and Lichens of Britain and ... Hans Martin-Jahns

Small book packed with information; possibly too much to make it really useful

Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe Michael Chinnery

First published in 1986 and still available the accepted standard field to guide the insects you are most likely to encounter

Colour Identification Guide to Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns Francis Rose

Been in my collection a while but still my first point of reference for grasses and related species.

Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles Bernard Skinner

Another old favourite and well worn book in my collection; where would I be without it?

Discover Dorset Woodlands Anne Horsfall

An insight in to the woodlands of Dorset and their natural history

Dorset: a Naturalists County Nigel Webb

Published to celebrate 50 years of the Dorset Wildlife Trust, a history of natural history in Dorset!

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Britain Bob Gibbons

Now aging but still a useful guide to the damsels and dragons of Britain

Field Guide to Caterpillars of Butterflies and Moths D J Carter/B Hargreaves

Uses food plants as the primary key to identification. Sometimes useful but not great.

Field Guide to Nests, Eggs and Nestlings ... Colin Harrison

Not a book I use often but indispensible.

Field Guide to Spiders of Britain & ... Michael J Roberts

Even if you do not like spiders you would have to admire this book

Field Guide to the Bumblebees of Great Britain Mike Edwards/Martin Jenner

A small but excellent guide to bumblebees

Grasses Ferns Mosses and Lichens of Great Britain ... Roger Phillips

A photographic guide to the common species of 'non-flowering' plants of Brtain

Grasshoppers, Bush-crickets and allies of Dorset Bryan Edwards

A must have if your are interested in the insects of Dorset

Lichen: an Illustrated Guide Frank Dobson

A guide, maybe, but this is such a technical subject it cannot be made simple

Moths of Great Britain Sean Clancy

A comprehensive photographic guide to macro-moths.

Mushrooms and other fungi of Great Britain ... Roger Phillips

A photographic guide to the more common fungi

Observer book of Pond Life John Clegg

A guide to anything and everything likely to be living in a pond!

Plants and Habitats Ben Averis

An excellent alternatiuve approach to plant identification by habitat type.