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    Looking to buy just one book on mountain flora that would cover most of the important stuff. Only interested in Ireland and UK mountains and bogs

    The level would need to be aimed at Mountain Leader, more detail than this would be too much

    What have you guys used ?

    Geology is my thing so that covered,

    just need a few words on ling heather is different from bell heather type thing

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    do you need a book? Often national parks or wildlife trusts produce factsheets which are useful. check ther websites.

    but this is good for ID
    amazon.co.uk/Collins-Complete-Guide-British-photographic/dp/0007236840/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322121558&sr=1-11


    this is a great book which incudes plants among other info

    amazon.co.uk/Hostile-Habitats-Scotlands-Environment-Hillwalkers/dp/0907521932

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    Hi,
    Another vote for Hostile Habitats. Very informative at the right level I'd say.
    For other bits and bobs that need identifying I use the net. Field Studies Council produce good waterproof keys too, which you can take with you easily, but I prefer the photo and do the rest at home method.

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    Well, you live and learn - I hadn't realised that identifying flora was part of ML training. But, given what different types of plant cover can tell you about the landscape, I can see the sense in it.

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    Another vote for 'Hostile Habitats'.

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    Having a basic grasp of flora can be quite useful when you're trying to 'read' your way across country. Heather, for instance, should indicate reasonably dry ground. Spahgnum moss, on the other hand, should be avoided, regardless of the fact that it looks as innocuous as a bowling green.

    As for heather... most of the heather you see is ling. Bell heather is a dead give-away because, like leg-pulling, it quite literally has bells on!

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    Edward, Octopus Books Ltd.59, Grosvenor Street .London W1
    Mountain Flowers.Over 100 illustrations in colour.
    Nothing Technical.





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    Edward, Octopus Books Ltd.59, Grosvenor Street .London W1
    Mountain Flowers.Over 100 illustrations in colour.
    Nothing technical just identity and habitat.





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    Thanks Guys, Plenty of reading now

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