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

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The Orchid Hunter: A Young Botanist’s Search for Happiness Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Short Books Pages: 256 ISBN: 9781780723341 Categories: ,

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… He has just a few months to complete his quest – no one has ever done it before – and it will require ingenuity, stamina and a large dose of luck.

Like Two Owls at Eton and My Family and Other Animals, this is a charming, witty account of a precocious adolescent’s obsession with the natural world.

As he battles the vagaries of the British climate in his clapped-out van, feverishly chasing each emerging bloom, Leif Bersweden takes the reader on a remarkable botanical journey. This study of the 52 native species is a fantastic gateway into the compendious world of orchids – one that will open your eyes to the rare hidden delights to be found on hilltops and riverbanks, in woodland, marsh and field.

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Author Biography

Leif Bersweden graduated with a degree in Biology from Oxford and is currently a PhD student at Kew Gardens. He has loved orchids longer than he can remember. He is also the author of Winter Trees: A Photographic Guide to Common Trees and Shrubs, published by the Field Studies Council in 2013