I have always loved seeing the varied flowers and fauna that exist in our mountains. I even hired my pal Tom MacDonald to show me the flowers and Fauna in my backyard the Cairngorms. Within half a mile he showed me over 30 plants. Many I had missed on rushing round the hills. It is so worth stopping and looking at what’s around there is a wealth of flowers, grasses and trees to see. Add to that the varied Geology. We live in a wonderful place and you can discover so much of you slow down and open your eyes.
It’s worrying to see some of the scenes from the highlands right now. Getting out into the hills can benefit us both physically and mentally, but this mustn’t be at the expense of the mountains and delicate ecosystems that exist in and around them.
The SMT publishes Hostile Habitats, a book which introduces each aspect of the Scottish mountains to the read, providing insight that can educate and inspire. Insight that can build awareness of the amazing depth and breadth of the landscape, flora and fauna they contain. Respect starts with understanding, and if you’ve got a friend that has started heading to the hills for the first time why not let them know about this book.
Mountaineering Scotland also provide a wide range of free resources to help you prepare for you first camping or hillwalking trip.
Respect. Protect. Enjoy.