Leeds University Library

Reading List for Research Projects

Skills for Physical Geographers, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Prof Andy Baird
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

The following plant identification guides are likely to be useful to you for your research projects at St Ives, do bring them to the field. If you do vegetation surveys as part of your dissertation then they will be useful to you then as well.

Flowering Plants

Blamey, M., Fitter, R. and Fitter, A. (2013). Wild flowers of Britain & Ireland ISBN: 0713659440 (pbk.) : £16.99; 0713659432. Bloomsbury Natural History

Rose F., O'Reilly, C. (2006).The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) - How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland

Both of these books are good, try them and see which you prefer to use.


Sterry P (2008). Collins complete guide to British trees ISBN: 9780007236855; 0007236859: A photographic guide to every common species (Collins Complete Guide). A clear guide to trees, very useful.

Price D. and Bersweden L. (2013) Winter trees : a photographic guide to common trees and shrubs  Field Studies Council. As we do much of our fieldwork over the winter, then this guide can be a great help.


Hubbard, C.E. (1992). Grasses: A Guide to Their Structure, Identification, Uses and Distribution. Penguin Press Science. This is the best guide to grasses in the UK there is. However, it looks quite inaccessible at first with its lack of colour images, but it is clearly written so don’t give up!

Rose, F. (1989). Colour identification guide to the grasses, sedges, rushes and ferns of the British Isles and north-western Europe . Viking. Perhaps appears more accessible and may be useful for basic use.


Merryweather, J., Hill, M. and Roberts, C. (2007).The fern guide : a field guide to the ferns, clubmosses, quillworts and horsetails of the British Isles.


Mosses and liverworts of Britain and Ireland : a field guide (2010) British Bryological Society. This is an excellent book and makes moss identification quite straight forward. The maps showing species range are particularly useful.

All Vascular Plants

Stace C. (2010). New flora of the British Isles. Cambridge University Press. This is an excellent guide, but not for beginners. If you have some experience at identying plants then this is the key you should aim to use.

This list was last updated on 19/07/2017