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New Holland Concise Guides

1. Concise Tree Guide by Cy Baker, David Daly, Colin Emberson and Lyn Wells - 192 pages, 200 colour illustrations - New Holland 2011 ISBN: 184773605X

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2. Concise Garden Wildlife Guide by Sandra Doyle, Stuart Carter, David Daly and Lyn Wells 192 pages, 200 colour illustrations - New Holland 2011 ISBN: 1847736068

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3. Concise Insect Guide by Sandra Doyle, Stuart Carter & Nicholas Hammond - 192 pages, 200 colour illustrations - New Holland 2011 ISBN: 1847736041

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The Publisher says: These pocket field guides are packed with information on, respectively, the trees, garden wildlife & insects of Britain and the near Continent. Each covers more than 160 species, all of which are illustrated with full-colour artworks that show good detail. A concise written account covering size, description, habitat, distribution and habits appears on the same page as the illustrations for each species.

The easy-to-follow layouts and artworks help in accurate identification, making this book an invaluable reference source. To protect it against the elements in the field, the book is wrapped in a durable plastic wallet. A fold-out insert with at-a-glance pictures showing comparisons helps quick and easy identification of various species.Fatbirder Says: Anyone of such great age as I will remember the Observer' Guides of their you which played a great part in our education and the 'I-Spy' books that educated us while we thought we were playing games on long journeys or country walks.

Truly pocket sized guides (even for the pockets of small children) are an excellent addition to anyone's library.

The print quality is excellent which means the detail is clear and they really do their job… I find the Tree guide the hardest to follow as tree shapes seem to be relatively few so if you have no idea of what you are looking at it would take some searching to be sure. What I do like about that guide though is the associated faunal species it shows as another aid to ID.

I think this is a good move by New Holland - its a shame that they were not widely available in the run up to the good will season as they would have slipped as easily into a stocking as a pocket!