Walkers exploring Fife will know that the region has many different trees.

Knowing how to identify the different species of tree is an excellent skill to have for the walker.

Tree identification is something I have struggled with since being a youngster and the reason for that lies with the area of the country that I was brought up in. We really didn’t have great diversity of tree species and I only managed to see different varieties when on holiday.

Recently I began to take a greater interest in identifying the trees I walk past as I explore Fife and I set myself the task of rectifying my lack of knowledge.

To assist me in my effort I went straight for the Collins Gem range of titles and picked up Trees. I have a great fondness of this range of books as they have performed as excellent reference sources across many subjects.

Detailed imagery

This pocket guide features very nicely shot photographs and botanical illustrations that display not only the overall shape of the tree but also details of leaf shape, flowers, fruits and bark. The detailed Illustrations of cones, catkins, nuts and fruits assist greatly in distinguishing between similar trees easily.

Deciduous and evergreen species are both featured each with information on the origin of each species, height and common habitat covering over 220 trees and shrubs that are native to or flourish in Britain and Northern Europe.

As is common to all of the Collins Gem series, the book is well produced and will happily live in your jacket pocket for years without shedding pages like some of the trees it describes do in autumn.


So do I think that this guide is of any use to the walker? Well yes I do. It is a handy book to take with you to either learn new species or brush up on the knowledge you already have. A top notch reference which won’t have run out of power when you need it.

Collins Gem Trees

Quality of Content - 9
Overall Design - 8
Value for Money - 9


Excellent Resource

A top notch reference which won’t have run out of power when you need it.

Date Published: 2012
Format: 7.6 x 1.5 x 11.4 cm
ISBN: 978-0007183067
Cover Price: £4.99
Available From: Amazon

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