A long-awaited volume in the New Naturalist series examining the trees of Britain.
Trees are essential components to many of the landscapes of Britain and have been vital in determining the ecology of our planet as well as the development of human cultures and communities. Yet how much do we really understand about how they work?
Trees (Collins New Naturalist) provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of tree biology and ecology presents the latest discoveries in this area. The wonders and mysteries of trees are explored throughout the book and questions such as why leaves turn spectacular colours in the autumn, how water reaches the top of the tallest trees, or why the study of genetics has caused so many name changes in trees are all brilliantly answered.
Peter Thomas is a well known authority on trees and an excellent communicator who writes with enthusiasm and consummate skill. He has written or co-authored numerous academic papers and specialist books on trees, woodland and ecology. He is also the author of Trees a Natural History, which as the title suggests is aimed at a wider audience. Now in it’s second edition, it has become something of a modern classic, and is a great example of how to write a book that’s easy to read yet informative. He makes any science involved accessible even to a general reader but with sufficient rigour and detail to make it useful for students and professionals too. He always writes in a thoughtful and personal manner and in Trees, this his latest book, we have an ideal guide to the world of trees, informed by all the latest research.