Book review – Hostile Habitats – Scotland’s Mountain Environment

Hostile Habitats – Scotland’s Mountain Environment: A Hillwalkers’ Guide to Wildlife and the Landscape

Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scottish Mountaineering Trust (1 July 2006)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0907521932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907521938

Publishers blurb: 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.

My thoughts: This is an interesting and informative book. Although a fair chunk of the information was stuff I know (or should have remembered) from my Environmental Science study days, it was really useful to have all this explained in relation to mountains specifically. The identification chapters are clear and illustrated with good photos and although it is not a field guide, it can used to help with identification of plants, mosses, birds or animals if you’ve photographed them. It is good to see the signs of some of the animals are included, eg droppings and foot prints.

(This review previously appeared on a Books ‘page’ on this blog. I’m currently moving these to main page posts and filing them in a Books category that appears on the header menu.)

Book review – Cairngorm John: A Life in Mountain Rescue

Cairngorm John: A Life in Mountain Rescue (Non-fiction) (Hardback)

* Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd
* Published: 20 March 2009
* Format: Hardback 320 pages
* ISBN 13: 9781905207244 ISBN 10: 1905207247

Frequently when working or walking in the Cairngorm mountains I hear or see the mountain rescue helicopter buzz overhead and wonder what has happened to an unfortunate climber or hillwalker. I’ve felt especially concerned for the injured person and the mountain rescue team if it was particularly bad weather. I’d then maybe hear a short two line article in the local press the following day.

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Book review – Into the Wild

Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

Book Summary
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

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