Good books on aquatic life seem rare: as in many scientific fields, there are simply not enough sales to support specialist books nowadays. Many of the best books are now out of print and only available secondhand. So here are listed some of the books that I know.
If you are interested in identifying plants, you will need several books: plants of all types (and in particular water plants) are very variable and you will need to use several different illustrations, descriptions and photos to identify a plant: even with several books, it is not easy as many plants form hybrids - which are not in any book!
Also - it is impossible to define what is a water plant and what is a land plant: many plants will grow happily on land or in water. So if you are identifying palnts, general wild flower books are also a necessity.
|Title||Author||First Publish||Publisher||Reprinted||Publisher||ISBN No|
|Water Plants||Agnes Arber||1920||Cambridge University Press||1963||Wheldon & Wesley||.|
|A botanical study of Aquatic Angiosperms|
|Flora of the British Isles||Clapham, Tutin and Warburg||1952||Cambridge University Press||.||.||.|
|Probably the master botanical identification guide, but contains no pictures.|
|British Water Plants||Haslam. Sinker and Wolseley||1975||Field Studies Council||1982||.||ISBN 1 85153 107 3|
|Specifically about water plants and identification|
|Excursion Flora of the British Isles||Clapham, Tutin and Warburg||1952||Cambridge University Press||1959, 1964, 1973, 1981||.||ISBN 0 521 23290 (Third edition)|
|Abridged version of above, in paperback format.|
|The Concise British Flora in Colour||W Keble Martin||1965||Ebury Press / Michael Joseph||1967, 1969, 1971||Sphere Books Ltd||.|
|The Hard bound version|
|The Concise British Flora in Colour||W Keble Martin||1965||Ebury Press / Michael Joseph Ltd||1967, 1969, 1971||Sphere Books Ltd||.|
|The paper-back version|
|Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Ireland||Richard Fitter, Alastair Fitter and Marjorie Blamey||1974||.||.||.||.|
|Wild Flowers of Britain||Roger Phillips||Pan books Ltd||1977||.||.||ISBN 0 330 25183X|
|Entirely photographic, so not as comprehensive as the other books, but a valuable addition to the bookshelf!|
|The Wild Flower Key||Francis Rose||1981||Frederick Warne||.||.||ISBN 0 7232 2418 8 (Hard back)
ISBN 0 7232 2419 6 (Paper back)
|The Wild Flowers of the British Isles||Ian Garrard and David Streeter||Midsummer Books Ltd||1993||.||1998||ISBN 1 900732 03 3|
|An excellent book.|
|Water life, general|
|The Freshwater life of the British Isles||John Clegg||1952||Frederick Warne & Co Ltd||.||.||.|
|A 'Wayside and Woodland' series book. A reference and identification guide|
|Life in Lakes and Rivers||T T Macan and E B Worthington||1951||Collins||.||.|
|'The New Naturalist' series - A study of aquatic ecology|
|Rivers Lakes and Marshes||Brian Whitton||1979||Hodder and Stoughton||.||.||ISBN 0 340 23155 6|
|'The Natural History of Britain and Northern Europe' series.
Covers plants, birds, mammals etc. There are 4 other books in the series: 'Towns and Gardens', 'Mountains and Moorlands', Fields and lowlands', 'Coasts and Estuaries'
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