Twig Key

UPDATE: John Poland tells us that the Twig Key is now with the printers and will be published in late October - sounds like we'll have it by the time the leaves have all fallen and we can see those twigs more clearly!

John Poland, Chair of BSBI's Publications Committee and co-author of the celebrated Vegetative Key to the British Flora, has been working for some years on a new book and this September, the Field Key to Winter Twigs will be published. John says "This guide hopes to make winter botany fun! The book is a fully illustrated A5 softback with detailed keys, stunning full colour photographs and diagnostic B&W line illustrations, making winter ID easy for native and planted taxa". Click on the link to download the Twig Key flyer.

The pre-publication offer, available to both BSBI members and non-members, has now opened and will remain open until the end of August. The book will be published in September and copies will then be posted to everyone who has pre-ordered. The Field Key to Winter Twigs will subsequently be available from Summerfield Books and other natural history book-sellers at full price.

Use the links below to pre-order your copy for the discount price of £15. This includes P&P to Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. We regret that, in order to cover postal costs, we will have to charge a further £4 P&P to the Republic of Ireland and £6.50 to the rest of the world. The secure PayPal facility below can be used *whether or not you have a PayPal account, and we've added options for various P&P rates and so you can buy multiple copies if required.

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Interview with John Poland

Coming soon: an interview with John about his forthcoming Twig ID key - how he developed and trialled the key, more sample illustrations... watch this space!