Orchids of Britain and Ireland

Published by Christopher Helm

Orchids have long held a fascination, both for keen botanists and the general public. From the mania of Victorian collectors to the enthusiasm of modern photographers, this family of flowering plants has a strange and exotic appeal. Many orchids are beautiful, and some are rare.The time is ripe for a new, well illustrated orchid guide, covering the identification, biology and conservation of British and Irish orchids. Until recently, the whereabouts of the rarer species was shrouded in secrecy, making publication of any details impossible. In the last few years, however, these veils have been lifted and it is now possible to publish locations or all but on or two species. For the first time, this book includes a detailed site guide, covering the best places to see orchids in Britain.