Trees (Collins New Naturalist Library)

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Trees (Collins New Naturalist Library) Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: HarperCollins Publishers
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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.

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'Wow, what a book. Perfect or almost perfect.' Mark Cocker 'It was a pleasure to look through the pages and find a wide range of informative and legible photographs, diagrams and graphs, all of which scored highly in terms of conveying information and looking attractive ... I recommend this book as a good read and a valuable addition to your bookshelves. It does just what New Naturalists should do and it is very clearly written.' Mark Avery 'It is so full of pertinent and useful information that it has taken days to get through its comprehensive, well-written and informative text. With so much emphasis now given to woods, forests and forestry, it is astonishing how little most ecologists and foresters actually know about trees as individuals - we are nearly all, I suspect, cheerfully ignorant of the biology of trees! With the publication of Peter Thomas's excellent New Naturalist edition, however, there is no longer any excuse to remain unaware of these organisms and their complex life histories ... Trees is very well illustrated, with both diagrams and photographs presented in an engaging and useful fashion ... An excellent and comprehensive book, and highly recommended for all those professionally involved in trees, concerned about trees, or wishing simply to understand more about trees.' Jonathan Spencer, British Wildlife magazine 'Anyone with the slightest interest in trees should buy and read this book. But be warned; you will find it impossible to put down. In fact even if you think you have no interest in trees, read it anyway, and you may discover that you do.' Ken Thompson, The Niche magazine 'The New Naturalist Series has the stated aim "to interest the general reader in the wildlife of Britain by recapturing the inquiring spirit of the old naturalists", and here they have produced a book of great beauty and tangible quality.' The Linnean

Author Biography

Peter Thomas is an Emeritus Reader at Keele University and an Associate of Harvard Forest at Harvard University, USA. He is also the curator of the National Collection of ornamental cherries at Keele. His research and teaching are centred around anything to do with trees and this has taken him to all continents where trees grow, and has covered numerous topics from where in the ground water is absorbed by roots to seed production, to understanding tree longevity. His long suffering family, and now grandchildren, are well used to holidays and long detours to see particular trees. Peter is also the author of many scientific papers, monographs and books on trees, woodland ecology and forest fires.

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