Hostile Habitats Scotlands Mountain Environment. Hill Flowers and Fauna.

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.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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1 Response to Hostile Habitats Scotlands Mountain Environment. Hill Flowers and Fauna.

  1. Jim higgins says:

    One of the aspects I teach my grandweans and other colleagues on hills an forests in the moors or shoreline anywhere we walk, is to use all our senses. With children it really engages them in a walk when we go from what we see to listening for sounds. The different sounds trees make in the wind, then touch, being carefully here with some plants, giant hogweed springs to mind and smells are very interesting especially after a shower of rain.
    When I went through my mountain walking certificate at the old Corrie croft we were on the stacach in heavy cloud when it cleared and the views opened up. My reaction was yes, this is what hill walking is all about. The course leader then remarked that even when we are in poor visibility it should take nothing away from the indulgements of the day. We just study the mountain at closer quarters on these days. It changed my expectations on days out after that, specially driving up the A82 on door wet day.

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