BIBLIOGRAPHY: Here you will find:

  • A list of the reference books I use; like me some are rather aged now and I have had them for many years and may be out of print
  • By including them I acknowledge their help in contributing to my knowledge 
  • I am happy to recommend any of these books to anyone looking for reference books on wildlife and conservation 


Title Author ISBN Number Review
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



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 Clancey


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.

Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain

Richard Lewington


A small but comprehensive guide to our butterflies

Royal Entomological Society Book of British Insects

Peter C Barnard


The definitive reference on insects in Britain with infiormation on an amazing number of insect families (note: not species level, that would be an impossible task in one book!)

RSPB Handbook of British Birds

Peter Holden/Tim Cleeves


A super guide to keep handy. I have used it on many field trips to help others to identify birds seen

RSPB Handbook of Garden Widlife

Peter Holden/Geoffrey Abbott


A comprehensive guide to wildlife likely to be found in gardens

RSPB Handbook of the Seashore

Maya Plass


A excellent handy guide to the plants and animals of the coastal habitats

Shorter Wild Flower Walks in Dorset

Peter & Margaret Cramb


An excellent guide ten short (two to three miles) walks in Dorset where wild flowers thrive. Each walk has detailed route instructions, a list of flowers that might be seen together with other informative text and illustrations/photographs. A great help to me in my flower hunting!

The Birdlife of Britain

Peter Hayman/Philip Burton


Although published in 1978 this book is still my 'bible' when it come to identifying birds in Dorset, I have never found better.

The Easy Way to Tree Recognition

John Kilbracken


A step by step key to identifying trees

The Fern Guide

James Merryweather


The only way to make any real progress with identifying ferns!

The Hymenoptera

Ian Gauld/Barry Bolton


A detailed insight in to the natural history of bees, wasps and ants

The Illustrated Flora of Britain ...

M Blamey/C Grey-Wilson


Published in 1989, has there ever been a better guide to flora than this? My flower 'bible'

The Natural History of Dorset



Published in 1997, the essential guide to Dorset and its wildlife

The Special Flowers of the Isle of Purbeck

Ted Pratt


Information about some of the rarer flowers found on the Isle of Purbeck

The Wild Flower Key

Francis Rose


Had my copy for over 30 years and I still use it regularly!

The Wild Flowers of the Isle of Purbeck

Ted Pratt


A truly amazing book listing the complete flora of the Isle of Purbeck with detailed instructions on where to find them. Indispensible!

Wild Flower Walks in Dorset

Peter & Margaret Cramb


Guide to eight longer walks in Dorset where wild flowers thrive 

Wild Flowers in Colour

Marjorie Blamey


A very useful back-up field guide when all you have to go on is the flowers colour!

Wild Flowers of Britain

Roger Phillips


A photographic guide to the wild flowers of Britain

Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland

Marjorie Blamey/Richard Fitter/et al


Has to be the definitive guide to our flora - updated edition 

Wildlife of the Jurassic Coast

Bryan Edwards


An attractive little guide to the Jurassic coast and some of the more interested flowers and insects to be found