The Orchid Hunter: A Young Botanist’s Search for Happiness

by Leif Bersweden

Short Books

Shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

In the summer after leaving school, a young botanist sets out to fulfil a childhood dream –­ to find every species of orchid native to the British Isles.

Battling the vagaries of the British climate in his clapped-out car, Leif Bersweden has just a few months to do what no one has ever done before: to complete this quest within one growing season.

This study of the 52 native species is a fantastic gateway into the compendious world of orchids, and one that will open your eyes to the rare hidden delights to be found on the doorstep.

Available in all major bookshops and online



Winter Trees: a photographic guide to common trees and shrubs

by Dominic Price and Leif Bersweden

Field Studies Council

Identifying trees in winter without their familiar leaves can apear a daunting challenge, but a closer look will reveal a multitude of slowly swelling buds. A quick glance at the bud summary photos in this guide instantly reveals their sheer diversity. Generally they are extremely varied, and often easy to learn and remember. When you consider the difference between types of bark, size of tree and habitat, identification starts to become much easier than it seemed at first.

This AIDGAP guide covers 36 of the common broad-leaved deciduous species, or groups of species, that are most likely to be found in the UK, as well as a few rarer trees.

Available online

Free download of Winter Trees: a key to common trees and shrubs from The Species Recovery Trust here

Winter Trees: a photographic guide to common trees and shrubs published by FSC (2013)


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