Books

Where the Wildflowers Grow: My Botanical Journey Through Britain and Ireland

by Leif Bersweden

Hodder & Stoughton

 

‘When was the last time you stopped and noticed a wild plant?’ An intriguing and timely exploration of the importance of Britain and Ireland’s plant life.

Leif Bersweden has always been fascinated by wild plants. From a young age, his afternoons were spent hunting for and cataloguing the plants in his local area. But it is a landscape that is fast disappearing.
Climate change, habitat destruction and declining pollinator populations mean that the future for plant life looks bleaker than ever before. Many of us are also unable to identify, or even notice, the plants that grow around us.

Now a botanist, Leif decides to go on a mission, to explore the plants that Britain and Ireland have to offer and to meet those who spend time searching for them. Over the course of a year, Leif goes on a journey around the UK and Ireland, highlighting the unique plants that grow there, their history and the threats that face them. His journey takes him from the Cornish coast to the pine forests of Scotland – even to the streets of London, proving that nature can be found in the most unexpected places. Along the way, Leif highlights the joy and positivity that can be found through understanding nature and why it is so desperately important to protect our wildflowers.

Available for pre-order online (publication date 23rd June 2022)

 

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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

FSC Publications

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

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

 

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