The Orchid Hunter

A Young Botanist's Search for Happiness

by Leif Bersweden

  • Published: 05 Oct 2017
  • Price: £12.99
  • Format: B Format Hardback
  • Extent: 352p
  • ISBN: 978-1-78072-334-1
  • Buy it now from
  • Buy it now from Waterstones

In the summer after leaving school, a young botanist sets out to fulfil a childhood dream –­ to find every species of orchid native to the British Isles.

Battling the vagaries of the British climate in his clapped-out car, Leif Bersweden has just a few months to do what no one has ever done before: to complete this quest within one growing season. 

This study of the 52 native species is a fantastic gateway into the compendious world of orchids, and one that will open your eyes to the rare hidden delights to be found on the doorstep.



About Leif Bersweden

Leif Bersweden graduated with a degree in Biology from Oxford and is currently a PhD student at Kew Gardens. He has loved orchids longer than he can remember. He is also the author of Winter Trees: A Photographic Guide to Common Trees and Shrubs, published by the Field Studies Council in 2013.