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Hostile Habitats - Scotland's Mountain Environment: A Hillwalkers' Guide to Wildlife and the Landscape [Hardcover]

Mark Wrightham , Nick Kempe
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 July 2006
This is the first guide to Scotland's mountain fauna, flora and landscape written for hillwalkers. "Hostile Habitats - Scotland's Mountain Environment", takes an in-depth look at the upland environment of the hillwalker and outdoor enthusiast, with chapters and identification sections on climate, geology, landscape, plants, animals, birds, insects, human influences and conservation. It is compiled and edited by some of the country's leading experts in their fields - Mark Wrightham, John Gordon and Rob Raynor (Scottish Natural Heritage), Stuart Benn (RSPB), Roger Owen (Scottish Environment Protection Agency), Ian Ralston & Andy Dugmore (University of Edinburgh), Kathryn Goodenough (British Geological Survey), Keith Miller (John Muir Trust), Richard Essery (University of Wales) and Nick Kempe (former board member Scottish Natural Heritage). The definitive hillwalkers' guide to the natural history of Scotland's Mountains and the first book of its kind, written by leading experts in their fields. Lavishly illustrated in full colour and produced with assistance from Scottish Natural Heritage, it is available at a subsidised price.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scottish Mountaineering Trust (1 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907521932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907521938
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited nature book 5 Mar 2008
Format:Hardcover
This is what I have been waiting for a long time. Hostile Habitats has everything there is to know about the Scottish hills. All sections are explained in a way that normal mortals can understand it. There are sections about geology, plants, mammals, birds and human traces. The most important living things are explained individually. Very well laid out. Most of the wildlife parts can be also used for hills in Wales and England.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for the Scottish hill-goer 8 Jun 2012
Format:Hardcover
This very readable book contains a wealth of information about the hills of Scotland and the things that live in them. It's essential reading for all those who go into the hills to walk and climb and are interested in the environment around them.

It's often a problem when books such as this have chapters written by different authors. Their styles can vary and the background knowledge they presume the reader has can vary too. Not so in this book, which contains chapters written by different experts covering everything from the rain that falls on those in the Scottish hills through to the rocks they walk or climb on, the insects, plants and animals they may encounter, the way in which human occupation has left signs in the landscape and what the future might hold. The writing is consistently accessible and very readable and the illustrations - both line drawings and photographs - are uniformly excellent. Many chapters end with some useful descriptions and illustrations of important items, so if you've seen something that's not too esoteric while out on the hill, whether it's a landform or an animal, the chances are a quick look here will start to answer any questions you have.

There are clear, and wryly amusing, signs that the authors are not writing from just a depth of academic knowledge but have been to many of the places that walkers and climbers may visit. For example, when discussing the feeding habits of birds the author notes that "...invertebrates are highly nutritious and easily digestible, and occur in extraordinary numbers. There have been estimated to be up to one billion flying insects above every square mile of Scotland, although anyone who has camped in Glen Brittle in July may consider this to be an under-estimate".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every hillwalker in scotland 29 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
Title says it all, this book hits the spot on all manner of subjects
i.e. wildlife, plantlife, birds, geology, weather, creation.

Full of information and great pictures and diagrams, you wont be disappointed
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4.0 out of 5 stars More information than I personally needed 28 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is an amazing source for those interested in the geologic history of Scotland. I'm an author doing research for a young adult science fantasy novel, so there was more detail on some aspects than I need, and not quite enough detail on aspects I do need. Still fascinating, however, and I'm looking forward to returning to Scotland and its hiking paths.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book 13 Mar 2014
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This is a very interesting book and I really like the layout with lots of pictures and the way it's written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book 6 July 2013
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excellent book packed with information. Can be used to source information about glaciation, vegetation, wildlife etc (The geological section is particularly good), which is applicable outside Scotland. Photos are excellent and some fascinating data regarding the history of the earth regarding temperatures (global warming). Great illustrations. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trouble free transaction 11 May 2013
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Great book ideal pre course reading for anybody doing ML training or assessment. Easy to understand text with fantastic images, a real gem of a book
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This book gives excellent info on all aspects of the upland environment that I so love without making it too complicated
Published 8 months ago by Alison Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Excellent value for money and a really good easy introduction for anyone interested in the wild areas and landscapes of Scotland.
Published 14 months ago by Gill Clegg
4.0 out of 5 stars A grown up version of I spy for Scottish hills
This book gives a nice insight into the landscape that has fascinated me for many years, easy to read and interesting for walkers and travellers to take an interest in what is... Read more
Published 18 months ago by DaveE
5.0 out of 5 stars scotland
This excellent but unusual book deals with the natural and man made hostile habitats of Scotlands mountain environment. Read more
Published 22 months ago by G. I. Forbes
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish Mountain info
I bought this book before embarking on a trip to walk in the Cairgorms. The book is superbly written and illustrated. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr. P. F. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
my partner loved this book. great photos and new info about scotland. has read it twice since xmas and recommended it to friends
Published on 10 Jan 2010 by Ms. L. A. Summers
4.0 out of 5 stars Hostile Habitats
I have done a lot of hillwalking in Scotland and found this book to have been written from the hillwalkers point of view. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2010 by C. D. M. Black
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