Plants and Habitats: An Introduction to Common Plants and Their Habitats in Britain and Ireland

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Plants and Habitats combines the species and habitat approaches to plants and vegetation. Most of it is an identification guide to 700 plant species selected as those which are common, conspicuous or useful ecological indicators; species which collectively make up most of the vegetation in Britain and Ireland. There is also a separate Habitats section describing the flora, ecology and management of habitats. With this combination of approaches Plants and Habitats aims to help people understand our vegetation at all scales, from individual plants to whole landscapes. The structure and plain English writing style are designed to help with species identification by non-specialists. Plants and Habitats is illustrated throughout with colour photos and some line drawings. For those working with habitat classifications, National Vegetation Classification (NVC) codes are incorporated throughout and there are summary tables cross-referencing various classifications. The book is written for a wide readership including those working or training in subjects connected with ecology, conservation, land management, and other environmental matters.

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Ben Averis BA MPhil worked for some years on woodland vegetation and bryophyte (moss & liverwort) surveys, but since 1990 has worked in a very wide range of upland and lowland habitats. His MPhil was a study of bryophyte flora and ecology in over 400 woods in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Ben and Alison Averis are professionally qualified and highly experienced botanists with an exceptionally detailed and extensive knowledge and understanding of British vegetation. They have been studying vegetation and flora professionally since 1983 and are particularly experienced with the northern and western parts of Britain. They provide a range of services including surveys, monitoring projects, teaching and advisory work. The high quality of their work is recognised by many people and organisations including the statutory conservation agencies, the Forestry Commission, conservation-related non-government organisations, and ecological consultancies.

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Perhaps like many other birdwatchers, I've been fascinated by plants over the years but have often found some of the standard identification guides a bit of a struggle, especially with more difficult groups like grasses and sedges. From the viewpoint of a keen relative beginner, however, I can report that this book is an excellent adjunct to more traditional guides. It quite clearly doesn't set out to be the final word on the British flora, but instead covers about 700 of the most common and characteristic species, including a selection of common mosses and other lower plants. Entirely self-published, this book is a real achievement by the author. The book appears to have two (interlinked) aims: to help with identification, and to set the plants in their habitat and landscape contexts. In terms of the former, the approach to identification is very much based on common sense, focusing on particularly useful features for quick recognition. This works well since, in not attempting to be 100% comprehensive, it does not need to include excessive detail of minor points simply to rule out rare and unlikely alternatives. The identifications are based, so far as possible, around non-flower characteristics, with the author exhorting us not to be afraid of tackling grass identification even when no flowering heads are present. Technical botanical terms are kept to a minimum, although obviously some are necessary. The text is relatively sparse but focused as appropriate to the species, and is refreshingly personal and non-repetitive. The photos are well selected, not necessarily to be beautiful but to be useful, and they often portray plant jizz better than in some of the traditional guides. The second theme of the books is that of habitats, and again the experience and indeed enthusiasm of the author for the subject comes across well. The habitat elements of the book are also tackled in a variable level of detail, as appropriate; many species warrant a few words while, in contrast, seven pages of detail are devoted to covering the condition of heather. For many species, reference is given to the principal National Vegetation Communities in which they are found. In addition, notes on human-related matters are included throughout, such as whether species are introduced and how they respond to grazing pressure. Given that the author lives and works in Scotland, and given that the book was supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and Forestry Commission Scotland, it is unsurprising that the book is somewhat biased to more northerly habitats and species. I found this refreshing and it in no way detracts from the value of the book to naturalists in the south of Britain. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in developing their knowledge of our native flora and the way it relates to our landscapes. --Andy Musgrove, birdguides.com

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